Then, with obvious circular reasoning, the fossils are dated by the strata in which they are found (or “indexed”); Likewise, strata are dated by the fossils they contain1.
Carbon dating is based on the decay of an atom (14C), a radioactive isotope of the carbon atom with a known half-life of approximately 5,730 years—meaning half of the14C is gone in the specimen in about 5,730 years.
Answers in Genesis author Mike Riddle invited readers to skepticism in an article responding to this very question. Conclude that the only reasonable explanation for discordance among unpublished data—which represent a tiny fraction of results from the world's geochronologists—is a past, unquantifiable change in the rate of nuclear decay in radioactive elements. Riddle's intention is to convey, in popular terms, why he does not accept published ages, and I sympathize with his desire to find concordance between God's word and creation.
Therein, he demonstrated how easily one may cast doubt on conventional interpretations of model ages from radiometric dating techniques—at least for those unfamiliar with the process and typical results. Having an obligation to the truth, however, I feel it necessary to comment that his approach is misleading, particularly to those inexperienced in geochronology.
In layman’s terms this means that the elements are unstable in the atom and therefore “decay” (meaning the atom emits radiation by spinning off a neutron), thus forming into Nitrogen-14 (14N).
The new atom is a stable “daughter” isotope formed after decay occurs2.
We live on a dynamic (not static) planet; things are changing. in molten granitic rock today, there are lots of silicon and oxygen ions (electrically charged atoms), and some zirconium, uranium, and lead ions ... lattice will often reach out (electrostatically), grab the uranium ion ...
They believe that with enough time and chance - just maybe some unscientific reactions may beat the odds and "improve all by themselves." God can then be ignored and evolutionists can claim to be logical and forward thinking in their ignorance of what's most important in this life.
But if the long eons just weren't there in the first place then evolution falls like a house of cards.
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