Evolutionists have long used the carbon-14, or radiocarbon, dating technique as a “hammer” to bludgeon Bible-believing Christians.A straightforward reading of the Bible describes a 6,000-year-old universe, and because some carbon-14 (C) age estimates are multiple tens of thousands of years, many think that the radiocarbon method has soundly refuted the Bible’s historical accuracy.
Radiocarbon Basics Carbon comes in three “varieties” or isotopes: C is 5,730 years.
Because carbon is expected to be thoroughly mixed throughout the biosphere, atmosphere, and oceans, living organisms (which continually “take in” carbon throughout their lifetimes) are expected to have the same C in their bodies begins to decrease.
In principle, this decay rate may be used to “date” the time since an organism’s death.
But the calculated dates will only be accurate if the assumptions behind the method are correct.
And a radiocarbon result that contradicts old-earth dogma is not a good enough reason by itself to invoke contamination!
Assumptions…Assumptions Instead of arbitrarily blaming these anomalous results on contamination, a far better (and more scientific) approach would be to question the correctness of the assumptions behind radioisotope dating methods.
One of these assumptions is that nuclear decay rates have always been constant.
Although C decays fairly quickly, heavier isotopes (such as uranium-238) decay much more slowly.
Smallest Detectable Amount of Radiocarbon Sensitive instruments called acceleration mass spectrometers (AMS) are used to count the C/C ratio in a sample drops below 0.001 p MC?