Types of sedimentary rocks include sandstone, shale, and limestone. In beta decay the total atomic mass does not change significantly.
The decay of The radioisotope dating clock starts when a rock cools.
This apparent consistency in textbooks and the media has convinced many Christians to accept an old earth (4.6 billion years old).
Sedimentary rocks, which contain most of the world’s fossils, are not commonly used in radioisotope dating.
These types of rocks are comprised of particles from many preexisting rocks which were transported (mostly by water) and redeposited somewhere else. Atomic mass is the heaviness of an atom when compared to hydrogen, which is assigned the value of one. In beta decay, either an electron is lost and a neutron is converted into a proton (beta minus decay) or an electron is added and a proton is converted into a neutron (beta plus decay).
Since God is the Creator of all things (including science), and His Word is true (“), the true age of the earth must agree with His Word.
However, rather than accept the biblical account of creation, many Christians have accepted the radioisotope dates of billions of years and attempted to fit long ages into the Bible.
The implications of doing this are profound and affect many parts of the Bible.
Radioisotope dating is commonly used to date igneous rocks.Dating methods must also rely on another kind of science called historical science. Determining the conditions present when a rock first formed can only be studied through historical science.Determining how the environment might have affected a rock also falls under historical science. Since radioisotope dating uses both types of science, we can’t directly measure the age of something.By estimating how fast the sand is falling and measuring the amount of sand at the bottom, we could calculate how much time has elapsed since the hourglass was turned over.All our calculations could be correct (observational science), but the result could be wrong.Half-lives as measured today are very accurate, even the extremely slow half-lives.