Creationism vs radiometric dating
Furthermore, from the detailed chronologies given, we know that creation happened about 4,000 years before Christ.That was the orthodox view of the Christian church for 1,800 years.Only rarely does a creationist actually find an incorrect radiometric result (Austin 1996; Rugg and Austin 1998) that has not already been revealed and discussed in the scientific literature.The creationist approach of focusing on examples where radiometric dating yields incorrect results is a curious one for two reasons.ICR creationists claim that this discredits C-14 dating. Answer: It does discredit the C-14 dating of freshwater mussels, but that's about all.
If the earth were only 6000–10 000 years old, then surely there should be some scientific evidence to confirm that hypothesis; yet the creationists have produced not a shred of it so far.There are many different radioactive isotopes that are used for radiometric dating.For example, there is a radioactive form of potassium (potassium-40) that decays into argon (argon-40).Radiometric dating of rocks and minerals using naturally occurring, long-lived radioactive isotopes is troublesome for young-earth creationists because the techniques have provided overwhelming evidence of the antiquity of the earth and life.Some so-called creation scientists have attempted to show that radiometric dating does not work on theoretical grounds (for example, Arndts and Overn 1981; Gill 1996) but such attempts invariably have fatal flaws (see Dalrymple 1984; York and Dalrymple 2000).
The older an organism's remains are, the less beta radiation it emits because its C-14 is steadily dwindling at a predictable rate.