Radiocarbon dating also referred to as carbon dating or carbon dating is a method for determining the age of an object containing organic material by using the properties of radiocarbon , a radioactive isotope of carbon. The method was developed in the late s at the University of Chicago by Willard Libby , who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in It is based on the fact that radiocarbon 14 C is constantly being created in the atmosphere by the interaction of cosmic rays with atmospheric nitrogen. The resulting 14 C combines with atmospheric oxygen to form radioactive carbon dioxide , which is incorporated into plants by photosynthesis ; animals then acquire 14 C by eating the plants. When the animal or plant dies, it stops exchanging carbon with its environment, and thereafter the amount of 14 C it contains begins to decrease as the 14 C undergoes radioactive decay. Measuring the amount of 14 C in a sample from a dead plant or animal, such as a piece of wood or a fragment of bone, provides information that can be used to calculate when the animal or plant died.
Carbon dating the Dead Sea Scrolls
How Good are those Young-Earth Arguments: Radiocarbon Dating
Question: "How should a Christian view alcoholics? What does the Bible say about drunkards? Because its effects are obvious, drunkenness can appear to be a worse sin than others. However, the Bible makes no such distinctions. It is easy to pass judgment on someone who is falling-down drunk, while secretly excusing sins of the heart that God considers equally repulsive. The right response is to view people as God sees them and agree with Him that we are all sinners in need of saving.
Creation Science Rebuttals
Review by Greg Neyman. He starts out with an explanation of what carbon dating is, which proves to be adequate for this discussion. The only notable exception is that he says carbon dating is only good for objects less than 40, years old. This date has been changed to about 62, years.
By Dr. Robert Holloway home In the continuing disagreement between religious fundamentalists and mainstream science, the subject of various dating methods is often discussed. Typically, fundamentalists are upset by the implications of the scientific dating methods since these methods often show an earth must older than the fundamentalists are willing to accept. Even the radiocarbon method often comes in for criticism although it is suitable only for objects less than 50, years old. This criticism usually comes from Young Earth Creationists who believe that the earth is less than 10, years old.