Creationist radiocarbon dating

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Most orthodox SDA members accepted the Pricean flood geology and therefore criticized C-14 dating.

He conceded that C-14 dating was accurate to 4,500 years, but said that dating beyond this was extrapolation beyond the accuracy controls of the method.Although the Adventists regard themselves as evangelicals, some hesitate to include them in a list of evangelical Christians because of their strong commitment to the writings of Ellen G. But during the twentieth century the Adventists played a very important role in the formulation of the so-called "scientific creationism" in the United States, influencing evangelical Christian responses to the idea of a young earth.Therefore, in order to understand the relationship between Christians and C-14 dating, we must include the SDA in our discussions.This paper traces the reactions of Seventh-day Adventists and American evangelical Christians toward C-14 dating.Among several radioactive dating methods, the radiocarbon (C-14) dating method (which was invented by Willard Frank Libby of the University of Chicago in the late 1940s) occupies a special position in archaeology and ancient history, as well as geology, because it can give the absolute age of those carbonaceous archaeological findings that were not older than the half-life of C-14.

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