Recent research by a team of creation scientists known as the RATE (arth) group has demonstrated the unreliability of radiometric dating techniques.
Some of the common isotope pairs used are K-Ar, Rb-Sr, Pb-Pb, and U-Pb.
Carbon-14 dating is another common technique, but it can only be used on carbon-containing things that were once alive.
A fear of God and reverence for His Word is the beginning of wisdom.
Starting with the Bible and developing a model for dating events in earth history will lead us to the truth.
The starting isotope is called the parent and the end-product is called the daughter.
The time it takes for one half of the parent atoms to decay to the daughter atoms is called the half-life.Most scientists and many Christians believe that the radiometric dating methods prove that the earth is 4.5 billion years old.The textbooks speak of the radiometric dating techniques, and the dates themselves, as factual information.Relative ages are assigned to rocks based on the idea that rock layers lower in the strata were deposited before rock layers that are higher.Creationists do not necessarily disagree with this concept, but it can only be applied to layers that are found in one location and/or can be determined to have been deposited in a continuous layer over a very wide area.There is also a difference in the timescale used to explain the layers.