This is partly due to the legacy of the doctrine of uniformitarianism passed down from one generation of geologists to the next since the time of Charles Lyell in the early nineteenth century.Uniformitarianism assumes that the vast amount of geological change recorded in the rocks is the product of slow and uniform processes operating over an immense span of time, as opposed to a global cataclysm of the type described in the Bible and other ancient texts.There are several different methods for estimating the ages of fossils, including: Paleontologists rely on stratigraphy to date fossils.Stratigraphy is the science of understanding the strata, or layers, that form the sedimentary record.However, when one starts with the Bible and interprets the information received from carbon dating accordingly, one will soon learn that in no way does carbon dating disprove the young earth.Misconception # 1: Carbon dating can be used to date objects that are millions or even billions of years old Carbon dating is one of the most popular radioactive dating methods used today.Misconception #2: Carbon dating can be used to date virtually anything Another misconception people have about carbon dating is that it can be used to date virtually anything.Carbon dating can only be used to date objects that were once living or even apart of a living organism. It cannot be used to directly date inorganic objects, such as rocks (other radioactive dating methods are used to date radioactive rocks).
Many people have been led to believe that radiometric dating methods have proved the earth to be billions of years old.
If a fossil is found between two layers of rock whose ages are known, the fossil's age is thought to be between those two known ages.
Because rock sequences are not continuous, but may be broken up by faults or periods of erosion, it is difficult to match up rock beds that are not directly adjacent.
The fact is, carbon dating can only be used to date things up to approximately 50,000 years old.
In fact, if an object contains (radioactive) carbon, this should be a clue that the object may not be any older than 50,000 years.