Different types of fossil dating
Far from being data, these dates are actually interpretations of the data.As discussed before, the assumptions influence the interpretation of the data.The method of calculating radiometric dates is like using an hourglass.You can use the hourglass to tell time if you know several things: the amount of sand in the top of the hourglass when it started flowing, the rate that the sand flows through the hole in the middle, and that the quantity of sand in each chamber has not been tampered with.
The Bible gives a much different picture and explains that relying on man’s reasoning is foolishness.
If any of these three conditions is not accurately known, the hourglass will give an inaccurate measure of time.
Radiometric dating is based on the fact that radioactive isotopes decay to form isotopes of different elements.
If certain things are known, it is possible to calculate the amount of time since the parent isotope began to decay.
For example, if you began with 1 gram of carbon-14, after 5,730 years you would be left with 0.50 g and only 0.25 g after 11,460 years.