# Creationism radiometric dating

### Index

- Does radiometric dating challenge the Bible’s creation record?
- Why do radiometric dating methods give inflated ages?
- Is radiometric dating trustworthy?
- Why is radiometric dating only used on igneous rocks?
- What is a Christian to make of radioactive dating?
- Does radiometric dating confirm the biblical account of history?
- Why do radiometric dating methods give inflated ages?
- How reliable is carbon dating for the Bible?
- Is radiometric dating a reliable way to date rocks?
- What is a radiometric date?
- Why do Creationists use radiometric dating to support their claims?
- What is uranium lead radiometric dating used for?
- Why is it difficult to date sedimentary rocks using radiometric dating?
- How do scientists date igneous rocks?
- How do geologists determine the age of a rock?
- Does radiometric dating work?

### Does radiometric dating challenge the Bible’s creation record?

For many people, radiometric dating might be the one scientific technique that most blatantly seems to challenge the Bible’s record of recent creation. For this reason, ICR research has long focused on the science behind these dating techniques.

### 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.

### Is radiometric dating trustworthy?

Third, many dating methods that dont involve radioisotopes—such as helium diffusion, erosion, magnetic field decay, and original tissue fossils—conflict with radioisotope ages by showing much younger apparent ages. These observations give us confidence that radiometric dating is not trustworthy.

### Why is radiometric dating only used on igneous rocks?

[2] Generally, radiometric dating is only used on igneous rocks; rocks that have formed from magma or lava. The change from liquid to solid sets the “clock” to zero since the elements can no longer move around freely.

### 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.

### Does radiometric dating confirm the biblical account of history?

When we understand the science, we find that radiometric dating actually confirms the biblical account of history. [1] Potassium-40 can also decay into Calcium-40 by beta decay. One neutron converts into a proton, ejecting an electron in the process. This is the most common decay path for potassium-40, accounting for 89% of the decay product.

### 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.

### How reliable is carbon dating for the Bible?

One of the few radiometric dating methods that gives consistently reliable results when tested on objects of known age is carbon dating. But carbon dating confirms the biblical timescale of thousands of years.

### Why is it difficult to date sedimentary rocks using radiometric dating?

Why is it difficult to date sedimentary rocks using radiometric dating techniques? Because the elements used for dating need to be re-set by volcanism. Radioactive elements decay at a certain constant rate and this is the basis of radiometric dating.

### How do scientists date igneous rocks?

Scientists date igneous rock using elements that are slow to decay, such as uranium and potassium. By dating these surrounding layers, they can figure out the youngest and oldest that the fossil might be; this is known as “bracketing” the age of the sedimentary layer in which the fossils occur.

### How do geologists determine the age of a rock?

When minerals get subducted into the Earth and come back as volcanic magmas or ash, this essential re-sets the radiometric clock back to zero and therefore a reliable age date is possible.

### Does radiometric dating work?

Some so-called creation scientists have attempted to show that radiometric dating does not work on theoretical grounds (for example, Arndts and Overn 1981; Gill 1996) but such attempts invariably have fatal flaws (see Dalrymple 1984; York and Dalrymple 2000).