Inconvenient Witnesses…, pt 2

Not surprisingly considering what we have already discussed, it seems that mainstream historians, archaeologists, and others tend to have a great propensity for selective trust in their work. Oftentimes they take the histories of ancient cultures for granted, rushing to incorporate those records into the chronologies that are broadly accepted, and thereby using such as an argument against the Biblical record, yet remarkably they will ignore other, often better, accounts if they possess even the slightest bit of material that stands in opposition to the accepted model. Even the work of specific historians tends to be dismantled and reused in a piecemeal fashion. 

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Inconvenient Witnesses…, pt 1

How is it that some cultures could possess records and architecture older than the Scriptures if the Bible is supposed to be true? It is a good question and it absolutely requires a good answer. Many cultures have claimed over the years to have histories that predate the Bible, with such being heralded as a mark of accomplishment in some cases; a title of precious note. Interestingly, though mainstreamists rarely discuss it, we know that in many cases, histories of these and other early nations were not recorded until well after the events had passed…

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Archaeological Investigations, pt 3

Another reference for dating events comes in the form of dendrochronology, or the study of tree rings. Observing the cross section of a tree, one can easily see that there is a network of concentric growth rings throughout. Traditionally it is held that trees add one growth ring per year, consisting of a light portion and a dark portion. As there are a few kinds of tree that live for several thousand years, including the famous Bristlecone Pines, researchers have, through examinations of both individual tree rings and through cross-referencing the rings of a number of trees, produced “chronologies” that stretch into the past as much as 10,000 years! These in turn are sometimes used to assist in establishing the timing of various anthropological events. Of course, this poses a problem for those who trust in a literal rendering of the Bible, which seems to limit the age of the Earth to less than that.

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Archaeological Investigations, pt 1

Aside from geological resources, there are those who look to ancient cultures and their records for ammunition against the Bible and its historical accounts. They claim that the histories of several cultures immediately dispel the authenticity and authority of the Bible because the timelines are not compatible. For instance, most adherents of Biblical young-earth creationism hold that the planet and all that exist on it are less than ten thousand years or so in age, with a great many such believers going further, trusting instead that creation is actually less than seven thousand years old. Such a recent creation stands in stark opposition to the claims of certain notable cultures, such as the Egyptians and the Babylonians, each having made claims of their civilization’s antiquity at ages of 11,000 years and 730,000 years respectively. In each case, the cultures have provided an apparent wealth of evidence, including various chronicles and genealogies, to support their claims. As such, what is one to make of these accounts? Do the histories of these and other cultures immediately discredit a literal reading of Genesis, thereby dismantling the trustworthiness of the Bible as a whole? Could it instead be that something else is going on?

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Ancient Atoms & Inconsistent Isotopes, Part 3

Turning our attention now to a phenomenon that involves both geological formations and the effects of radiation, we must examine, at least in passing, those enigmatic microscopic scars, radiohalos. Unbeknownst to most people, the beautiful slabs of granite that we use for decoration and function in our homes and to commemorate those who have passed contain a special secret that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Hidden amidst its many crystalline components, granite tends to possess a dark, glossy material known as biotite. Under examination, it can be seen that these biotite fragments are composed of a range of finer materials, including zircon crystals, and these in turn are typically surrounded by dark, concentric rings. 1 These are radiohalos, and their presence in these materials should not be dismissed lightly.

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Ancient Atoms & Inconsistent Isotopes, Part 2

Looking at radiometric dating from another angle, as the case described above illustrates, exogenous radioisotopes can and do influence testing. True as that fact may be, it can hardly be said that all radiometric results can be blamed on such contamination. We are left then with a choice: either those samples that were unaffected by exogenous isotopes yielded good data, establishing valid dates for the sample tested, or alternatively, radioisotope decay rates can be directly altered through forces unrelated to pure contamination. Given all available evidence, I believe the latter to be true, and new research supports that position.

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Ancient Atoms & Inconsistent Isotopes, Part 1

Serious researchers, those thoroughly groomed by the established authorities of the field, have an understanding, even an unwavering faith, in the fact that radiometric dating methods are definitive in the data they provide, and that those absolute dates represent good, trustworthy data on which to build a case for deep-time. There is no “wiggle room” for these people, no justification for questioning the established truths of the field. After all, there is no valid reason to ever stand in opposition to such solid evidence for deep-time, for all know, without question, that the decay of radioisotopes is steady, persistent, and flawless. Many have built their careers, staked their research and their professional reputations, on this fact. Through the undeniable quality of the work in this field, the evolution paradigm and ancient naturalism in general have found sure footing amongst the masses. Even so, how accurate are these dating methods really?

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