# How does christianity explain carbon dating

### Index

- Does carbon dating support a young Earth?
- What are the assumptions of the carbon-14 dating method?
- Is carbon-14 a reliable way to date fossils?
- What is the isotope of carbon used for dating?
- How old can carbon dating be used to date objects?
- Is carbon-14 dating a challenge to young-Earth creationism?
- Is carbon-14 a reliable way to date fossils?
- Does carbon-14 exist today?
- What is carbon dating and how old are fossils?
- How reliable is carbon dating?
- What is the carbon 14 dating method?
- What about carbon-14 dating of “old” dinosaur bones?
- What are the problems with carbon dating?
- What element is used for carbon dating?
- What can carbon dating be used to date?

### Does carbon dating support a young Earth?

With our focus on one particular form of radiometric dating—carbon dating—we will see that carbon dating strongly supports a young earth. Note that, contrary to a popular misconception, carbon dating is not used to date rocks at millions of years old.

### What are the assumptions of the carbon-14 dating method?

Dr. Willard Libby, the founder of the carbon-14 dating method, assumed this ratio to be constant. His reasoning was based on a belief in evolution , which assumes the earth must be billions of years old. Assumptions in the scientific community are extremely important.

### Is carbon-14 a reliable way to date fossils?

Carbon-14 ( 14 C), also referred to as radiocarbon, is claimed to be a reliable dating method for determining the age of fossils up to 50,000 to 60,000 years. If this claim is true, the biblical account of a young earth (about 6,000 years) is in question, since 14 C dates of tens of thousands of years are common. 1

### What is the isotope of carbon used for dating?

There are three different naturally occurring varieties (isotopes) of carbon: 12C, 13C, and 14C. Carbon-14 is used for dating because it is unstable (radioactive), whereas 12C and 13C are stable. Radioactive means that 14C will decay (emit radiation) over time and become a different element.

### How old can carbon dating be used to date objects?

This is why most people say carbon dating is only good for objects less than 40,000 years old. Nothing on earth carbon dates in the millions of years, because the scope of carbon dating only extends a few thousand years.

### Is carbon-14 dating a challenge to young-Earth creationism?

The marvelous agreement with tree-ring data, after correction for variations in the earths magnetic field, has already been mentioned. Carbon-14 dating thus presents a deadly challenge to young-earth creationists.

### Is carbon-14 a reliable way to date fossils?

Carbon-14 ( 14 C), also referred to as radiocarbon, is claimed to be a reliable dating method for determining the age of fossils up to 50,000 to 60,000 years. If this claim is true, the biblical account of a young earth (about 6,000 years) is in question, since 14 C dates of tens of thousands of years are common. 1

### Does carbon-14 exist today?

Yet carbon-14 has been detected in “ancient” fossils — supposedly up to hundreds of millions of years old — ever since the earliest days of radiocarbon dating. 34 Even if every atom in the whole earth were carbon-14, they would decay so quickly that no carbon-14 would be left on earth after only 1 million years.

### What About Carbon-14 Dating of “Old” Dinosaur Bones? What About Carbon-14 Dating of “Old” Dinosaur Bones? The Carbon-14 method is only used to date things that were once living such as wood, animal skins, tissue, and bones (provided they are not mineralized).

### What are the problems with carbon dating?

**Carbon dating problems** **Problem** 1 In order to determine the age of a piece of wood, the amount of **Carbon**-14 was measured. It was determined that the wood had lost 33.1% of its **Carbon**-14. How old is this piece of wood? Solution **Carbon** (C) has three naturally occurring isotopes. Both C-12 and C-13 are stable, but C-14 is radioactive

### What element is used for carbon dating?

This is how carbon dating works: Carbon is a naturally abundant element found in the atmosphere, in the earth, in the oceans, and in every living creature. C-12 is by far the most common isotope, while only about one in a trillion carbon atoms is C-14. C-14 is produced in the upper atmosphere when nitrogen-14 (N-14) is altered through the effects of cosmic radiation bombardment (a proton is displaced by a neutron effectively changing the nitrogen atom into a carbon isotope).

### What can carbon dating be used to date?

**Carbon** **dating** is **used** by archeologists **to date** trees, plants, and animal remains; as well as human artifacts made from wood and leather; because these items are generally younger than 50,000 years. **Carbon** is found in different forms in the environment – mainly in the stable form of **carbon**-12 and the unstable form of **carbon**-14.