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Radiometric Dating

“Researchers have uncovered biological molecules like
proteins, DNA, and pigments from rocks…supposedly millions
of years old…Many of these materials…will only survive
thousands, not millions, of years.” 1
Brian Thomas

Deep time is presented as the mother lode of evolution theory.

Without mega-millions of years, evolutionary conjecture washes away like fool’s gold in a mountain stream. More than a century after Charles Darwin challenged the Genesis account regarding the origin of life on Earth, his conjectures continue to defy validation.

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Ever since he first floated his ideas in 1859, scientific evidence has been unkind to his theory. By tests he himself set up, the case for evolution hangs in unscientific limbo, a shadowy phantom of an idea.

Where Darwin predicted species extinction, stasis persists: thousands of complex life forms appear without a trace of prior ancestry; physical changes resulting from use or non-use of a body part don’t pass to descendants; the billions of fossil transitionals, imperative to evolution, continue missing; and irreducible complexity stymies projected incremental changes.

Natural selection shies away from the mutation placebo.

Darwin’s finches remain finches; thousands of generations of laboratory- induced mutations in bacteria produce more bacteria; and fruit fly offspring may add or subtract a wing or a leg but continue as fruit flies, ad infinitum.

Resort to paleontological fraud only embarrasses promoters of elaborate schemes: Haeckel’s drawings were exposed as fiction as was Charles Dawson’s notorious Piltdown Man. The respected National Geographic’s 21st century hype of its dinosaur/bird fossil led to a belated retraction.

So, that’s it? Case closed?

The overwhelming weight of evidence does cast a long shadow of doubt across iconic cornerstones of the chance hypothesis! But before dancing in the streets, its worthwhile to pause and to take a serious, objective look at radiometric dating—evolution’s time card.

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As Darwin’s unproven gradualism crumbles, the science of geochronology has emerged to measure decay rates of inorganic elements. Ernest Rutherford introduced radiometric dating in 1905 as a methodology to determine the earth’s age. Geochronological dates are calculated with reference to a variety of comparative decay rates: Uranium-lead; potassium-argon; samarium-neodymium; and rubidium-strontium lead the pack.

The age organic life forms lived on earth has been measured in reliance on the decay rate of 14Carbon—a methodology designed by Willard F. Libby.

Nineteenth-century evolutionists conjectured 25 million years as time enough for random chance gradualism to work evolution’s “wonders.” Recognized as hopelessly optimistic, this number has been overwritten by today’s deep time guesstimates.

Facing assaults on an origins tradition, die-hard Darwinists seized the new radiometric dating technology as the magic elixir, ideally suited to attack the creation miracle. They put their chips on the table and played the radiometric dating time card.

Evolution advocates try to squeeze the time concept through an academic back door as redemption for the crippled evolution theory. Open-ended deep time is an imperative to support Darwin’s prediction that “all corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress to perfection.” 2

This is an excerpt from a chapter of the 2016 Edition
of “Three Days Before the Sun”, now available
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