This type of dating suffers from the same assumptions as carbon dating that; the initial condition of the rock’s isotopes are known, that isotopes decay at the same rate over time, and that external conditions did not change the rate of decay.Assumptions on Initial Condition and rate of Decay have big Implications: I will try to use an everyday example to illustrate the assumptions and how inaccurate they make the conclusions of dating rocks and carbon based objects. What do you think about the knife that was found recently and dated to be millions of years old?Doesn’t that make you question the bible’s creation story?In fact I knew nothing about radiometric dating and I must admit that learning about it seemed a bit intimidating.I am also sure that this intimidation is what leads most people to just accept this type scientific statements as fact instead of taking a critical look at the process.
In another 5,730 years the half value of that amount will have dissipated meaning only twenty five percent of the original amount will remain.
My hope with this posting is that I can try and make a complex topic a little more simple to understand and point out some “faith” given to this process by some in the scientifc community.
I also posted some links to the source material for my journey not only to credit those whom I have received this information from, but to allow you to dive in yourself if you wish to further your understanding of the topic.
For me it doesn’t cause doubts because there are other reasonable arguments for god’s existence, like the evidence of objective moral truth or the evidence for intelligent design.
This did however cause me to think about the evidential strength of dating objects to disprove creation and the age of the earth.