Even though the Earth's age is never mentioned in the Bible, it is an issue because those who take a strictly literal view of the early chapters of Genesis can calculate an approximate date for the creation by adding up the life-spans of the people mentioned in the genealogies.Assuming a strictly literal interpretation of the week of creation, even if some of the generations were left out of the genealogies, the Earth would be less than ten thousand years old.Many Christians have been led to distrust radiometric dating and are completely unaware of the great number of laboratory measurements that have shown these methods to be consistent.
After 2 to 3 Ma of quiescence, the second, major phase of volcanism occurred near 65 Ma, expanding over most of the area covered by the first pulse and another 500 km to the South, consistent with drift of India by 300 to 450 km at ∼ 150 mm/yr during the quiescence period.
This paper describes in relatively simple terms how a number of the dating techniques work, how accurately the half-lives of the radioactive elements and the rock dates themselves are known, and how dates are checked with one another.
In the process the paper refutes a number of misconceptions prevalent among Christians today.
Rapid eruption of the Deccan flood basalts at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary. New paleontological data from the remote Rajahmundry section [Keller, G., Adatte, T., Gardin, S., Bartolini, A., Bajpai, S., Humler, E., in prep.
The mean age of 3 determinations from the oldest (Jawhar) Formation is 64.8 ± 0.6 Ma.