Radiocarbon dating and creationists
Thus he said that the method was good as far back as shortly after the flood, which seemed to be the practical limit of historical dating.To Woods, if the assumptions of C-14 dating were accepted, the C-14 method was capable of measuring some 20,000 years into the past.This paper traces the reactions of Seventh-day Adventists and American evangelical Christians toward C-14 dating.Among several radioactive dating methods, the radiocarbon (C-14) dating method (which was invented by Willard Frank Libby of the University of Chicago in the late 1940s) occupies a special position in archaeology and ancient history, as well as geology, because it can give the absolute age of those carbonaceous archaeological findings that were not older than the half-life of C-14.One of the most interesting and controversial defenses of a young earth was raised by Robert V.
In addition to the criticisms raised by Woods concerning the level of C-14 and the constant influx of cosmic radiation in the atmosphere, Harris argued that it would be virtually impossible to know whether the C-14 sample was free of foreign carbon-containing material.
Most orthodox SDA members accepted the Pricean flood geology and therefore criticized C-14 dating.
One of the first Adventist critics of C-14 dates was Robert W.
As of the mid-1940s, radioactive dating had not attracted serious attention from the majority of evangelicals.
Since the invention of the C-14 method and the appearance of evangelical professionals in this field, however, American evangelicals have divided themselves into two groups.