Most people accept the current old-earth (OE) age estimate of around 4.6 billion years.
This age is obtained from radiometric dating and is assumed by evolutionists to provide a sufficiently long time-frame for Darwinian evolution.
And OE Christians (theistic evolutionists) see no problem with this dating whilst still accepting biblical creation, see Radiometric Dating - A Christian Perspective.
This is the crucial point: it is claimed by some that an old earth supports evolutionary theory and by implication removes the need for biblical creation.
Four principles of relative dating are of importance for this question: 1.
Principle of superposition: Nicolas Steno realized that correct relative ages of horizontal (undeformed) strata could be determined by their position in a sequence of rock. Principle of cross-cutting Relationship: holds that an igneous intrusion or a fault must be younger than the rocks it intrudes or displaces.
We can take a sample of air, count how many C-12 atoms there are for every ...
Compare and contrast relative age dating with radiometric dating.
After using this inaccurate method, scientists began to look at the different archaeological strata or layers of earth and use a comparison type method based on the idea that the earths geological layers are oldest at the bottom and that "an object cannot be older than the materials of which it is composed" (Dating, paragraph 2).
Some claim Genesis in particular, and the Bible in general looks mythical from this standpoint.
A full discussion of the topic must therefore include the current scientific challenge to the OE concept.
The age of objects can then be determined by comparing the object's relative position in the layers to other known items.
Please see response attached (see Posting 107553.doc) (also below), including one supporting article. RESPONSE: I am wondering how well you understand these concepts, as it is very important to understand how relative age dating and radiometric age dating work, before you can compare and contrast the two types of dating.