This document is partly based on a prior posting composed in reply to Ted Holden.
My thanks to both him and other critics for motivating me.
Define radioisotope dating
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines pseudoscience as “a system of theories, assumptions, and methods erroneously regarded as scientific.” Pseudoscience is a cause of mockery and may prevent others from taking any Christian claims or communications seriously. Pennock provides an example of absurdity invoked to defend the creationist account against evolution: “To defend the scientific plausibility of Noah’s Ark, ICR creation-scientist John Woodmorappe provides a book-length feasibility study and finds himself arguing that Noah solved the problem of animal waste management by training the animals to urinate and defecate upon command as someone held a bucket behind them.” Perhaps the most ridiculous claim was the one made by Accelerated Christian Education, which states that the Loch Ness Monster is proof against evolution (see the Top 5 Lies Taught by Accelerated Christian Education).
After some unwanted publicity about the inclusion of Nessie in a science curriculum, Accelerated Christian Education has decided to leave Nessie and a “sea monster” caught by a Japanese fishing trailer out of the new editions.
his document discusses the way radiometric dating and stratigraphic principles are used to establish the conventional geological time scale.
It is not about the theory behind radiometric dating methods, it is about their , and it therefore assumes the reader has some familiarity with the technique already (refer to "Other Sources" for more information).
These two extremes agree on one thing: that literalism is the only legitimate religious voice, which means that one must choose between God and evolution.” Besides simply being bad science and at times using unethical arguments, creationism also fails to take the interpretation of Scripture seriously.
Christopher Southgate states that “creationism both fails to take science seriously, and uses a very dubious method of interpreting Scripture.” Creationism tends to take a literal stance to Scripture and see the Bible as absolutely inerrant.The literal reading of the text ignores the rich background behind it and leads to an impoverished view. Also see: Creation Harms Christianity – Sacerdotus The Simple Truth about Biblical Literalism and the Fundamentalists who Promote it – Sean Mc Elwee Sources: Cornwall, R. Charles Darwin goes to church: A literature guide to the evolution versus intelligent design debate. The layers of rock are known as "strata", and the study of their succession is known as "stratigraphy".Fundamental to stratigraphy are a set of simple principles, based on elementary geometry, empirical observation of the way these rocks are deposited today, and gravity.Much of the Earth's geology consists of successional layers of different rock types, piled one on top of another.