Did you know that you can be a Christian, and believe that the earth is billions of years old?
You can even believe in evolution and be a Christian.
When an animal dies, the animal stops absorbing carbon, for the obvious reason that it no longer can consume food.
The formula for C-14 dating is:t = [ ln (Nf/No) / (-0.693) ] x t1/2-ln is the natural logarithm;-Nf/No is the percent of carbon-14 in the sample compared to the amount in living tissue;-t1/2 is the half-life of carbon-14 (5,700 years).The truth is, C-14 decomposition is highly consistent, with a margin error of plus or minus 40 years.When this neutron collides with a nitrogen atom (N-14), a chemical reaction takes place: The Nitrogen 14 (seven protons, seven neutrons) converts into a carbon-14 aom (six protons, eight neutrons) and a hydrogen atom.Because C-14 is constantly being absorbed by plants for the purpose of photosynthesis, the natural cycle of C-14 (Radioactive Carbon), along with C-12 (non-radioactive carbon), is constantly absorbed to other animals via the food chain.So, without further ado, I would like to proceed to one of the more controversial topics amongst the Creationist community (not the Scientific Community): Carbon Dating.
Long regarded with as much vitriol as Darwin's revolutionary idea of Evolution, carbon dating debunks the "Young Earth" Creationist Model: Because of its ability to date fossils upwards to 60,000 years, radiocarbon dating has long been regarded as Darwin's (Read Satan's) advocate.That, in scientific parlance, is a very good tolerance.The real problems of C-14 and its so-called erroneous readings, however, have more to do with the natural elements than the consistency of its decay.1.Natural Causes Certain natural phenomenon, such as changing climates, can affect C-14 flow in the atmosphere, hence affecting absorption rates by plants and animals.In order to resolve this discrepancy within a certain tolerance, calibration charts are often used to mediate the readings.Discovered by Willard Frank Libby and his colleagues in 1949, during his tenure as a professor at the University of Chicago, Libby invented what would eventually change the face of archaeology by giving a time frame to fossilized specimens.