Carbon dating is the most famous form of “radiometric dating”.
By measuring the trace amounts of radioactive carbon-14 (so named because it has 6 protons and 8 neutrons) in a dead something and comparing it to the amount of regular carbon-12 (6 protons and 6 neutrons) you can figure out how long it’s been since that sample was alive.
As water freezes and each molecule falls into place, atoms that don’t fit in the forming ice crystal are excluded. For example, zircon (a crystal) is perfectly happy to incorporate uranium, but excludes lead.
Impurities, such as dissolved air, are either forced out or concentrated in the last region to freeze. It so happens that uranium decays into lead with a half-life of 4.5 billion years.
Although he believes that God made Adam from the dust, he also accepts the evolutionists’ long-age interpretation of the fossil record.
But human fossils are found ‘dated’ earlier than Adam’s genealogies could possibly allow.
Many readers, no doubt, will think this a foolish question, but it is, in fact, the belief of many evangelicals.
And leading ‘progressive creationist’ Hugh Ross teaches something similar when he says that “bipedal, tool-using, large-brained primates roamed Earth for hundreds of thousands (perhaps a million) years”.
Could there have been human creatures, commonly called ‘pre-Adamites’, living on Earth before God created Adam?
Ross does not believe in biological evolution, although he accepts cosmic and geologic evolution and the evolutionary timescale.
He also believes in the same general sequence of events and the same order of appearance as evolutionists.
This requires Ross to postulate the existence of creatures with human-like characteristics, but ‘spiritless’ (see Skull Wars). According to Ross, because the world was a place of death, violence and decay for hundreds of thousands/millions of years before the Curse recorded in Genesis –19.
He makes the extraordinary statement: “The step-by-step approach to bipedal primate creation that we can see in the recent fossil record may reasonably reflect God’s understanding of the difficulty other life-forms would encounter in adapting to sinful humans.” This is a classic example of the confusion that Christians get themselves into when they depart from the text of the Bible and allow outside influences, especially long-age naturalism, to dictate the meaning of Scripture.