There is also a difference in the timescale used to explain the layers.

The reason this age may not be a true age—even though it is commonly called an absolute age—is that it is based on several crucial assumptions.

Most radiometric dating techniques must make three assumptions: The major problem with the first assumption is that there is no way to prove that the decay rate was not different at some point in the past.

The starting isotope is called the parent and the end-product is called the daughter.

The time it takes for one half of the parent atoms to decay to the daughter atoms is called the half-life.

Despite the fact that there are many scientific problems with radiometric dating, there is a more significant problem.

The Bible gives a much different picture and explains that relying on man’s reasoning is foolishness.

However, there are many methods that can be used to determine the age of the earth or other objects.

The textbooks focus on relative dating, based on the layering of the rocks, and radiometric dating.

Relative ages are assigned to rocks based on the idea that rock layers lower in the strata were deposited before rock layers that are higher.

Creationists do not necessarily disagree with this concept, but it can only be applied to layers that are found in one location and/or can be determined to have been deposited in a continuous layer over a very wide area.

The Bible gives us a much more reliable history of the earth as it was recorded by God.