# Carbon dating from a christian perspective

### Index

- Is carbon-14 a reliable way to date fossils?
- What is 14C carbon-14 dating?
- Does carbon dating support a young Earth?
- What is a Christian to make of radioactive dating?
- What is carbon dating and how old are fossils?
- What is the carbon 14 dating method?
- How reliable is carbon dating?
- How old is an isotope of carbon 14?
- How old can carbon dating be used to date objects?
- Is carbon-14 a reliable way to date fossils?
- How does carbon dating work on rocks?
- What is 14C carbon-14 dating?
- What are radioactive elements used for in radiometric dating?
- Is radio-isotopic dating reliable?
- What is the problem with radioactive dating?
- Why do radiometric dating methods give inflated ages?

### Is carbon-14 a reliable way to date fossils?

Carbon-14 ( 14 C), also referred to as radiocarbon, is claimed to be a reliable dating method for determining the age of fossils up to 50,000 to 60,000 years. If this claim is true, the biblical account of a young earth (about 6,000 years) is in question, since 14 C dates of tens of thousands of years are common. 1

### What is 14C carbon-14 dating?

Carbon-14 ( 14C), also referred to as radiocarbon, is claimed to be a reliable dating method for determining the age of fossils up to 50,000 to 60,000 years.

### Does carbon dating support a young Earth?

With our focus on one particular form of radiometric dating—carbon dating—we will see that carbon dating strongly supports a young earth. Note that, contrary to a popular misconception, carbon dating is not used to date rocks at millions of years old.

### What is a Christian to make of radioactive dating?

What is a Christian to make of radioactive dating? Isn’t the evidence for millions of years of earth history overwhelming? For more than ten years now a paper by Roger Wiens entitled ‘Radiometric Dating: A Christian Perspective’ has been saying that radio-isotopic dating is absolutely reliable and the earth is definitely millions of years old.

### What is carbon dating and how old are fossils?

Carbon dating is used to determine the age of biological artifacts up to 50,000 years old. This technique is widely used on recent artifacts, but educators and students alike should note that this technique will not work on older fossils (like those of the dinosaurs alleged to be millions of years old).

### What is the carbon 14 dating method?

Carbon-14 dating. The carbon-14 method was developed by the American physicist Willard F. Libby about 1946. It has proved to be a versatile technique of dating fossils and archaeological specimens from 500 to 50,000 years old. The method is widely used by Pleistocene geologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and investigators in related fields.

### How reliable is carbon dating?

Carbon dating is reliable within certain parameters but certainly not infallible. When testing an object using radiocarbon dating, several factors have to be considered: First, carbon dating only works on matter that was once alive, and it only determines the approximate date of death for that sample.

### How old is an isotope of carbon 14?

t = 18,940 years old Because the half-life of carbon-14 is 5,700 years, it is only reliable for dating objects up to about 60,000 years old. However, the principle of carbon-14 dating applies to other isotopes as well. Potassium-40 is another radioactive element naturally found in your body and has a half-life of 1.3 billion years.

### What are radioactive elements used for in radiometric dating?

In radiometric dating, the measured ratio of certain radioactive elements is used as a proxy for age. Radioactive elements are atoms that are unstable; they spontaneously change into other types of atoms. For example, potassium-40 is radioactive.

### Is radio-isotopic dating reliable?

For more than ten years now a paper by Roger Wiens entitled ‘Radiometric Dating: A Christian Perspective’ has been saying that radio-isotopic dating is absolutely reliable and the earth is definitely millions of years old.

### What is the problem with radioactive dating?

This is the fatal problem that essentially makes radioactive dating useless as a primary method for determining age. Each dating method uses different kinds of assumptions to get around this problem for radiometric dating—the deadly problem caused by the fact that we cannot make measurements in the past.

### Why do radiometric dating methods give inflated ages?

We now have a good idea why most radiometric dating methods give inflated ages: there was at least one episode of accelerated radioactive decay in earth’s history. This is the only reasonable way to make sense of the abundance of helium found trapped in various rocks. The abundance of helium indicates that much radioactive decay has happened.