Q. Doesn't Radiometric dating prove long ages and make Genesis and the Creationist 6000 years since creation a total nonsense? This is a vital subject and probably the best argument evolutionists have left in their rapidly dwindling arsenal.
Most people think that radiometric dating has proved the earth is billions of years old and that the process is a reliable measure of time. This is how it is done according to Richard Dawkins:
“a radioactive isotope is a kind of atom which decays into a different kind of atom: for example. one called uranium-
Just because scientists observe unstable isotopes changing into stable atoms at a certain rate in the present does not necessarily mean that the rate of decay has always remained the same. Scientists, like any one of us, can run into big problems when they make assumptions about what might have happened in the unobserved past, in this case deep into an assumed but not proven pre-
To be fair, this issue is extremely complex. There is however reason to be sceptical about any process that claims near infallibility when looking back at ages which we cannot even properly comprehend. What does it mean when a date of 130 million years, give or take a few million either side, is published? It is meaningless in the sense that no-
The long age model has never been proved, it has just been assumed. Any evidence by way of fossils that are discordant will be explained away. As will missing rock layers, and mountain ranges being moved by forces that leave no trace on the ground. No evidence seriously questions the theory, it will be made to conform; and having been interpreted according to the current orthodoxy, serve to bolster the underlying assumptions of the theory. And that, at least in part, is the dating game.
But there is more! The following is from The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins.
‘ Radioactive clocks are rather like the water clocks and candle clocks that people used in the days before pendulum clocks were invented. A tank of water with a hole in the bottom will drain at a measurable rate. If the tank was filled at dawn, you can tell how much of the day has passed by measuring the present level of water. Same with a candle clock. The candle burns at a fixed rate, so you can tell how long it has been burning by measuring how much candle is left. In the case of a uranium-
If you were looking for reliable and accurate measurements over millions or billions of years would you seriously be looking at candle and water clocks? Candles when used for time-
The problems are truly mountainous if the process is not being measured and checked at regular intervals as would have happened at the time of Alfred the Great. The same difficulties apply with water clocks. Has the hole in the tank been widened or become clogged by debris? Has water been added or subtracted from the tank and so on? Richard Dawkins with his characteristic desire to illustrate complex issues with easily accessible imagery has helped enormously to clarify the issues for creationists and muddy the waters for evolutionists.
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