Creationism evolution carbon dating
Within the Christian world, creationism was once widely believed to be true, but since the mid-19th century evolution by natural selection has been established as an empirical scientific fact.Christian fundamentalists dispute the evidence of common descent of humans and other animals as demonstrated in modern paleontology, genetics, histology and cladistics and those other sub-disciplines which are based upon the conclusions of modern evolutionary biology, geology, cosmology, and other related fields.[A]ny carbon-containing materials that are truly older than 100,000 years should be carbon-14 dead with C-14 levels below detection limits (De Young, p. The amounts of C-14 in coal are found to average 0.25 percent of that in the atmosphere today (De Young, p. Diamonds assumed to be hundreds of millions of years old were also tested12 in all.Once again, traces of C-14 were found in every sample (see De Young, pp. In June of 1990, Hugh Miller submitted two dinosaur bone fragments to the Department of Geosciences at the University in Tucson, Arizona for carbon-14 analysis. The other was from an excavated by James Hall near Grand Junction, Colorado in 1989.The creation–evolution controversy began in Europe and North America in the late 18th century, when new interpretations of geological evidence led to various theories of an ancient earth, and findings of extinctions demonstrated in the fossil geological sequence prompted early ideas of evolution, notably Lamarckism.In England these ideas of continuing change were at first seen as a threat to the existing "fixed" social order, and both church and state sought to repress them.Richard Dawkins declared that C-14 dating is useful for dating organic material on the archaeological/historical timescale where we are dealing in hundreds or a few thousands of years, not millions of years (1986, p. Using C-14 dating on specimens already believed to be only hundreds or a few thousands of years old is considered acceptable.
Consider that in recent years readily detectable amounts of carbon-14 in materials evolutionists suppose are millions of years old have been the rule rather than the exception (De Young, 2005, p. When geophysicist John Baumgardner and colleagues obtained 10 coal samples from the U. Department of Energy Coal Sample Bank, one of the leading radiocarbon laboratories in the world tested the samples for traces of carbon.The coal samples were analyzed using the modern accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) method.If the coal were really many millions of years old (as evolutionists suggest), no traces of carbon-14 should have been found. [A] residue of carbon-14 atoms was found in all ten samples...., renowned Stanford University geneticist Luigi Cavalli-Sforza, in a discussion on the theory of human evolution, commented on radiocarbon dating, stating: The most crucial dates in modern human evolution are unfortunately beyond the range of the radiocarbon method, which has a limit of about 40,000 years (p. The radiocarbon stopwatch buzzes round at a great rate, so fast that, after some thousands of years, its spring is almost wound down and the watch is no longer reliable. Both evolutionists and creationists stand in agreement that radiocarbon dating, which can be used only to date organic samples, is totally ineffective in measuring the alleged millions or billions of years of the evolutionary timetable. Staunch evolutionist Richard Dawkins also dealt with the limitations of radiocarbon dating a few years ago in his highly touted book, Different kinds of radioactive decay-based geological stopwatches run at different rates.