Carbon dating and christianity
Or are the above statements all false, and the truth is something else?This method addresses questions on the Shroud of Turin, the archaeological reliability of the Bible, reliable preservation of the Bible, and the Young Earth Theory. However, solar radiation creates a small percentage of carbon with two extra neutrons and a molecular weight of 14.Now clams take in ocean carbonate, which contains almost no C, so that it is no surprise today that a clam shell date appears ridiculously old.This phenomenon, now well understood, only gives ages that are "all wet" for some samples that have been in water for some time.So, by comparing many different trees in a forest in South Germany, and performing radiocarbon dating on a large number of samples, a calibration scale was developed.Other researchers did similar work in a forest in Northern Germany.Using tree rings, the calibration of carbon-14 has been extended back to ~4,760 B. Of course, they could all be wrong, but if enough independent studies agree with each other, then being wrong becomes a more remote possibility.
Since there are many misconceptions about carbon-14 dating, this paper will explain the principle, the method, some early problems with it, and its current trustworthiness.
Bristlecone pine is both worse and better to use than oak.
It is worse, in that the rings are very thin, and roughly 5% of the time the tree either does not grow a ring in a year or else grows two rings.
Some clams were dated as having died 50,000 years ago, and they were still alive!
Many Middle Eastern artifacts, preserved under ideal conditions, were consistently giving dates wrong by 20%. Let's look critically at assumption 2, that nothing else affects the ratio in a dead organism.