Hanoka, Y. 2007.
BH 17:49-65. CELD ID 21451|
Radioactive rock dating is used to derive that the Earth is some 4.5 billion years old. This is in contrast to what the Torah says-that the world is less than 6000 years old. An old Earth is needed for the theory of evolution. Attempts are made to date fossils and such dates are then critical in establishing sequences in time and developing the scaffolding that underlines much of the theory of evolution. The study of human origins, also based on the fundamental beliefs stemming from the theory of evolution, relies heavily on the ability to date fossils. The is article with discuss some of the most widely used dating methods. They can be listed in the following order or decreasing accuracy: tree-ring dating; radioactive carbon (carbon 14) dating; and radioactive rock dating. The uniformitarian assumptions behind the methods and their limitations will be discussed at length. It will be shown that there are serious questions regarding the application of all of them. A background to this discussion will focus on the revival of catastrophism in modern science.