Radiocarbon dating and creationists

Since it is chemically indistinguishable from the stable isotopes of carbon (carbon-12 and carbon-13), radiocarbon is taken by plants during photosynthesis and then ingested by animals regularly throughout their lifetimes.

When a plant or animal organism dies, however, the exchange of radiocarbon from the atmosphere and the biosphere stops, and the amount of radiocarbon gradually decreases, with a half-life of approximately 5730 years.

The objective is two fold, (1) to show that a substantial body of creationists perceive that the radiocarbon dating method, properly screened and corrected, dramatically supports both the biblical Creation and Flood, and (2) to establish a basis for harmony among creationists in asserting such support so as to confront evolutionists with this biblical witness and evoke a response.

This paper surveys and compares the views expressed by creationists in these papers, mostly in CRSQ, and summarizes the points on which they agree and differ.

C at all if they really were over a billion years old, yet the radiocarbon lab reported that there was over 10 times the detection limit.

Thus they had a radiocarbon ‘age’ far less than a million years!

Large accumulations of desiccated wood exist in Tertiary age sediments of the Canadian Arctic islands.

It would have been physiologically impossible for such forests to survive under present polar environmental conditions, and plate tectonics is considered an explanation for the existence of such forests.


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