In fact, Paul uses creation as a means to point the nonbeliever to the Creator.by Helen Fryman Question: What about radiocarbon dating? Response: I asked several people who know about this field. (1.) C14 dating is very accurate for wood used up to about 4,000 years ago.In their view, data concerning the origins of the natural world (anything that happened prior to Noah’s flood 5,000 years ago) is only discoverable insofar as the scientist has access to a particular interpretation of special revelation (namely, young-earth creationism) and then uses that lens to interpret his data.This recasting of the scientific method throws suspicion on entire disciplines of science, including the work of radiometric dating.On the other hand, the classical Christian view of the natural world is more consistent with the general assumptions of the scientific method.The creation proclaims the glory and righteousness of God (Ps. –20), but one need not be a believer in the God of the Bible in order to accurately study it.This standard content of C14 can then be used for wood not associated with a historically documented date.Dates up to this point in history are well documented for C14 calibration.
This method also assumes that experiments should be repeatable regardless of one’s worldview. However, the young-earth approach undermines many of these assumptions.
Radiometric dating--the process of determining the age of rocks from the decay of their radioactive elements--has been in widespread use for over half a century.
There are over forty such techniques, each using a different radioactive element or a different way of measuring them.
So, we have a “clock” which starts ticking the moment something dies.
Obviously, this works only for things which were once living.