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.
(For a brief science review, see sidebar and figure 1.) The timepiece that allows dating is the “radioactive” decay of certain kinds of atoms from one form into another.
Sedimentary layers hundreds of feet thick formed within hours during the eruption itself, and then hardened into rock soon after the water drained from them.
The question of the age of the earth has produced heated discussions on Internet debate boards, TV, radio, in classrooms, and in many churches, Christian colleges, and seminaries.
Let’s give a little history of where these two basic calculations came from and which worldview is more reasonable.
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.