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Far from being data, these dates are actually interpretations of the data.
As discussed before, the assumptions influence the interpretation of the data.
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.
The Bible gives us a much more reliable history of the earth as it was recorded by God.
When someone mentions scientific dating methods, the first thing to come to mind for most people is carbon dating.
The claimed “fact” that decay rates have always been constant is actually an inference based on a uniformitarian assumption.
Certain types of rocks, especially those that form from magma (igneous), contain radioactive isotopes of different elements.
The method of calculating radiometric dates is like using an hourglass.
You can use the hourglass to tell time if you know several things: the amount of sand in the top of the hourglass when it started flowing, the rate that the sand flows through the hole in the middle, and that the quantity of sand in each chamber has not been tampered with.
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.