Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 1, 2008

31. Age of the Earth—Radiometric Dating

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Could scientists be wrong about the age of the earth? Is it really 4.6 billion years old?

Science has been wrong about many things. Past scientists confidently drained blood from people to cure illness. Doctors applied this theory to George Washington 200 years ago and bled him to death. They were dead wrong.

Is it conceivable that today’s scientists are dead wrong about the age of the earth? Yes – because worldview determines interpretation of evidence, and the presumption of great age is essential for evolutionism.

The next blog posts in this series on the Age of the Earth will discuss radiometric dating in detail. Questions such as these will be answered:
How is the age of the earth estimated scientifically?
What are scientific clocks?
What assumptions and measurements are required?
How do radiometric clocks work?
Why are the ages given by radioactive decay clocks suspect?
What are the fallacies of radiometric dating?

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 31st in a series of blog posts on the Age of the Earth. I began with the Biblical testimony that the earth is 6,000 years old, because the evidence from nature should be interpreted and understood in the light of clear Biblical truth. The prequels have considered the issue’s importance, what Jesus thought, the Genesis genealogies, and the historic teaching of the church. Current articles are discussing scientific evidence on the age of the earth, explaining fallacies of radiometric dating methods and giving examples of scientific methods which yield short ages.

Read the prequels:
1. How Old Is the Earth?
2. Why Is the Age of the Earth Important?
3. Earth: Young or Old?
4. Age of the Earth—Jesus’ View
5. Age of the Earth—Jesus Interpreted OT Literally
6. Age of the Earth—What Did Jesus Say?
7. Age of the Earth—What Did Jesus’ Contemporaries Think?
8. Age of the Earth—Genealogies
9. Age of the Earth—What Does Begat Mean?
10. Age of the Earth—Interlocking Genealogies
11. Age of the Earth—Any Gaps in Genealogies?
12. Age of the Earth—No Gaps in Genealogies
13. Age of the Earth—Any Missing Generations?
14. Age of the Earth—Scriptural Confirmation (Adam to Noah)
15. Age of the Earth—Scriptural Confirmation (Noah to Abraham)
16. Age of the Earth—Luke’s Testimony
17. Age of the Earth—Luke & Cainan Puzzle
18. Age of the Earth—Luke & Cainan Explanation
19. Age of the Earth—Add It Up
20. Age of the Earth—6,000 Years Old
21. Age of the Earth—History’s View
22. Age of the Earth—Church Fathers’ Opinion
23. Age of the Earth—Josephus, Luther, Calvin
24. Age of the Earth—Archbishop Ussher
25. Age of the Earth—Prof. James Strong
26. Age of the Earth—Kepler & Newton
27. Age of the Earth—Dr. William Hales
28. Age of the Earth—Prof. Leupold
29. Age of the Earth—Prof. Barr
30. Age of the Earth—History’s Opinion

Read the sequel:
32. Age of the Earth—Scientific Clocks

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Wednesday October 1, 2008 A.D.

For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11 NASB)

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