Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.(Genesis 3:16) KJV
If the theory of evolution is the centerpiece of the popular science narrative of godless existence (SciPop), then radiometric dating has been the pseudoscientific glue that held it together.
You might think that it’s odd that we can refer to a well established experimental procedure as pseudoscience, but that’s all that it can possibly be. Evolution is an extensively documented process of genetic change over time but it’s not the origin of humanity. It’s genetic decay and we refer to it as Devolution.
Devolution is change in allele frequency in a population, combined with accumulated mutations and DNA replication errors, that causes genomic decay, sickness, and loss of variability over time. It includes both macro and micro evolution. It began at the fall of man in Genesis 3:16.– Devolution, definition
As such, we don’t need a 4.6 billion year time scale to allow random chance to slowly accumulate the human genome.
The problem with SciPop is that it starts with the assumption that all life is the result of biological evolution. The slow process of DNA change over successive generations generates the timescale which has to be accommodated for. How do we get rocks to give us dates which support this timescale? Ernest Rutherford was the one who figured it out: assume that nuclear decay has always been constant.
Radiometric dating is an example of peer reviewed circular reasoning. It requires the assumption of an ancient Earth in order to develop the experimental procedure from which we get dates that support the premise of an ancient Earth. It’s not a conclusion which has been deduced. It’s a rationalization which has been induced.
Interestingly, the idea that nuclear decay rates may not be constant has bubbled up to the surface in the popular science press (SciPop). Our post the decay constant isn’t constant started a Reddit discussion leading to the highest spike in traffic on our site to date. Nuclear decay began when God said cursed is the ground… at the fall of man in Genesis 3. That’s about 6,000 years ago. Nuclear decay was exponential, not constant.