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Carbon-14 Dating: all viewpoints

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The North American meaning of the term "billion" is used in this essay: 1 billion is equal to 1,000 million.

Overview:

The C-14 technique was developed in 1947 by a team of researchers, headed by Willard F. Libby. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1960 for this discovery.

Carbon-14 dating (a.k.a. C-14 dating) is one of many radioisotope measuring techniques for estimating the age of objects. C-14 dating is limited to the study of carbon-bearing objects.

Among essentially all scientists, C-14 dating is regarded as an accurate method of dating carbon-bearing items less than 50,000 years old.

Among essentially all believers in new-Earth creationism, C-14 dating is unreliable and is not to be trusted.

C-14 dating is of major concern to Jews, Christians and Muslims, because if it is accurate, then it throws grave doubt upon many events described in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), Christian Scriptures (New Testament) and Qur'an.

Topics covered in this section:

bullet How C-14 testing works
 
bullet Its limitations and its extension to older dates
 
bullet Current status; acceptance and rejection
 
bullet Religious implications
 
bullet Why most religious conservatives reject the C-14 dating system

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Copyright ? 2005 to 2009 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2005-FEB-08
Latest update: 2009-JAN-02
Author: B.A. Robinson

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