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Dating methods give maximum dates
not absolute dates.

All potential dating methods measure physical processes that change the properties of an object over time. All efforts to calculate absolute dates require three basic assumptions.

  1. The rate at which the process proceeds is constant or that it varies in a calculable or otherwise determinable manner.
  2. The starting conditions are known or can be calculated.
  3. No other physical processes affect the properties used for dating, or that all such processes are accounted for and that their effect can be determined.

Though sometimes the assumptions may be reasonable, an assumption can be reasonable and still be wrong. Usually such assumptions are based on theories about the processes involved, the formation of the object, conditions under which the object formed, and its history since formation. As a result, any claim of absolute dates are dependent on the accuracy of the theories on which the assumptions are based. While there are difficulties in setting an absolute age, many physical processes can be traced back to its earliest possible beginning and hence set a maximum age to the object.

Since different processes will usually give different maximum ages, the true age can not be older than the youngest maximum age. Some of the physical process on Earth yield maximum ages of billions of years for the Earth but most give much younger maximum ages. Many processes give maximum ages of only a few thousand years. About 90% of these physical processes give ages too young for evolution, but not too young for Biblical Creation.


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