Indeed, there is no known physical phenomenon that can yield consistent results in many thousands of measurements, year after year, except one: the isotopic decay in these geological specimens, measured by radiometric dating.
As biologist Kenneth Miller observed: “The consistency of [radiometric] data …
View the full list In one respect, science and religion have been largely reconciled since the 19th century, when geologists such as Charles Lyell recognised the evidence for a very old Earth.
Within a few decades, most mainstream religious denominations accepted this view as well.
A 2010 Gallup poll found 40% of Americans believe that “God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years”.
Current understanding of the history of life is probably close to the truth because it is based on repeated and careful testing and consideration of data.
The rejection of the validity of fossils and of dating by religious fundamentalists creates a problem for them: Fossil sequences were recognized and established in their broad outlines long before Charles Darwin had even thought of evolution.
Will sceptics of old-Earth geology wait until mass spectrometers are in every home before finally conceding that the earth is more than 6,000 years old?
Radiometric dating, as with any other experimental discipline, is subject to a variety of errors, ranging from human error to rare anomalies resulting from highly unusual natural circumstances.