The state of physics today is like it was when we were mystified by radioactivity.They were missing something absolutely fundamental. We are missing perhaps something as profound as they were back then.Because radiometric dating fails to satisfy standards of testability and falsifiability, claims based on radiometric dating may fail to qualify under the Daubert standard for court-admissible scientific evidence.It is more accurate for shorter time periods (e.g., hundreds of years) during which control variables are less likely to change.Being knowledgeable about such a widespread dating method is essential for Christians to address opposing arguments and critics. Natural radioactivity was discovered in 1896 by the French physicist Henri Becquerel.A decade later, American chemist Bertram Boltwood suggested that lead was a disintegration product of uranium and could be used as an internal clock for dating rocks. Radiometric dating is a method of determining the age of an artifact by assuming that on average decay rates have been constant (see below for the flaws in that assumption) and measuring the amount of radioactive decay that has occurred.Radiometric dating is mostly used to determine the age of rocks, though a particular form of radiometric dating—called Radiocarbon dating—can date wood, cloth, skeletons, and other organic material.
Many are also unaware that Bible-believing Christians are among those actively involved in radiometric dating.For example, uranium will radioactively decay through a series of steps until it becomes the stable element lead. The original element is referred to as the parent element (in these cases uranium and potassium), and the end result is called the daughter element (lead and argon).The straightforward reading of Scripture reveals that the days of creation () were literal days and that the earth is just thousands of years old and not billions.It has become increasingly clear that these radiometric dating techniques agree with each other and as a whole, present a coherent picture in which the Earth was created a very long time ago.Further evidence comes from the complete agreement between radiometric dates and other dating methods such as counting tree rings or glacier ice core layers.