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There appears to be a fundamental conflict between the Bible and the reported ages given by radioisotope dating.

Since God is the Creator of all things (including science), and His Word is true (“), the true age of the earth must agree with His Word.

If we walk into a room and observe an hourglass with sand at the top and sand at the bottom, we could calculate how long the hourglass has been running.

By estimating how fast the sand is falling and measuring the amount of sand at the bottom, we could calculate how much time has elapsed since the hourglass was turned over.

The dating process then requires measuring how much daughter element is in a rock sample and knowing the decay rate (i.e., how long it takes the parent element to decay into the daughter element—uranium into lead or potassium into argon). Half-life is defined as the length of time it takes half of the remaining atoms of a radioactive parent element to decay.

For example, the remaining radioactive parent material will decrease by 1/2 during the passage of each half-life (1→1/2→1/4→1/8→1/16, etc.).

Half-lives as measured today are very accurate, even the extremely slow half-lives.

Radioisotope dating is commonly used to date igneous rocks.

These are rocks which form when hot, molten material cools and solidifies.

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