Circular dating

None of these methods can be used directly on fossils or the sedimentary rock in which fossils are found.

All radiometric dating (with the exception of carbon dating) must be done on igneous rocks (rocks solidified from a molten state such as lava).

Much of the controversy between evolutionists and creationists concerns the age of the earth and its fossils.

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These radiometric “clocks” begin keeping time when the molten rock solidifies.

Since fossils are rarely found in igneous rocks, one can only date lava flows that are occasionally found between layers of sedimentary rock.

The most widely used method for determining the age of fossils is to date them by the “known age” of the rock strata in which they are found.

On the other hand, the most widely used method for determining the age of the rock strata is to date them by the “known age” of the fossils they contain. O’Rourke, for example, concedes: The intelligent layman has long suspected circular reasoning in the use of rocks to date fossils and fossils to date rocks.

If this trend were to continue, the earth would be 700 thousand-trillion-trillion-trillion years old by the year 4000 AD.

This “prediction,” however, is based on selected data and certain assumptions that might not be true.And fourth, one must be certain that the decay rate of parent isotope to daughter isotope has always been the same.That one or more of these assumptions are often invalid is obvious from the published radiometric “dates” (to say nothing of unpublished dates) found in the literature. For over 100 years, geologists have attempted to devise methods for determining the age of the earth that would be consistent with evolutionary dogma. Evolution, depending as it does on pure chance, requires an immense amount of time to stumble upon anything remotely approaching the integrated complexity we see in even the simplest living things.As we will see, selected data and unprovable assumptions are a problem with all methods for determining the age of the earth, as well as for dating its fossils and rocks.

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