In the following article, some of the most common misunderstandings regarding radiocarbon dating are addressed, and corrective, up-to-date scientific creationist thought is provided where appropriate. Radiocarbon is used to date the age of rocks, which enables scientists to date the age of the earth.
Radiocarbon is not used to date the age of rocks or to determine the age of the earth.
That concept began with eighteenth-century French naturalist Georges Cuvier, picked up steam with Charles Lyell, and it has been in vogue ever since.
This is despite the fact that it causes more problems for interpreting rock strata than it solves.
We could measure (a) how much water the tank holds, (b) how much is still in the tank, and (c) the rate at which it is leaking out.
Radiocarbon is not suitable for this purpose because it is only applicable: a) on a time scale of thousands of years and b) to remains of once-living organisms (with minor exceptions, from which rocks are excluded).So, we have a “clock” which starts ticking the moment something dies.Obviously, this works only for things which were once living.And today we know through lab experiments and natural disasters (such as the eruption of Mt. Helens) that major layering of rock strata can happen catastrophically in a short period of time.Young-earth creation geologists have long held that most sedimentary strata resulted from waterborne deposits during Noah’s Flood.