# Christianity and carbon dating

### Index

- Is carbon-14 dating reliable for Christianity?
- What is carbon dating?
- Is 14C a reliable dating method for fossils?
- Is carbon-14 evidence for an ancient age?
- Is carbon-14 a reliable way to date fossils?
- What is the Christian view on carbon-14 and radiometric dating?
- Is 14C a reliable dating method?
- Does carbon dating support a young Earth?
- Why is carbon dating not used to date fossils?
- What is the most common method of dating fossils?
- Why is carbon 14 used as an absolute dating method?
- How do we know how old a fossil is?

### Is carbon-14 dating reliable for Christianity?

While many probably have not thought about it before, carbon-14 dating relates to Christianity and Judaism in interesting ways. This method addresses questions on the Shroud of Turin, the archaeological reliability of the Bible, reliable preservation of the Bible, and the Young Earth Theory. The Principle

### What is carbon dating?

The Carbon atom is the building block of all known physical life. According to Wikipedia, carbon dating (also referred to as radiocarbon dating or carbon-14 dating) is a method for determining the age of old organic material by measuring the amount of its radiocarbon, a radioactive isotope of carbon, also known as carbon 14.

### Is 14C a reliable dating method for fossils?

Carbon-14 (14C), 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 14C dates of tens of thousands of years are common.1.

### Is carbon-14 evidence for an ancient age?

An alternative interpretation of the carbon-14 data is that the earth experienced a global flood catastrophe which laid down most of the rock strata and fossils. . . . Whatever the source of the carbon-14, its presence in nearly every sample tested worldwide is a strong challenge to an ancient age.

### 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 Christian view on carbon-14 and radiometric dating?

Radiometric dating methods, like with Carbon-14, get a bad rap among some Christians, in that the science of radiometric dating is used to suggest that the earth is really, really old… as in millions of years old… which runs contrary to a common view, that the earth is only 6,000 years old.

### Is 14C a reliable dating method?

Carbon-14 ( 14C), 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 14C dates of tens of thousands of years are common.1.

### 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.