Four assumptions that underlie radiometric dating methods

that was subtitled “an attempt to explain the former changes of the earth’s surface, by reference to causes now in operation”.Note that in neither case were these positions derived from the data.At the risk of making the response perhaps a bit longer than it might otherwise need to be and, perhaps, a bit more pedantic in places that it might otherwise need to be, this seemed like the most appropriate approach.There is no intent with this approach to insult anyone’s knowledge or intelligence but simply to be thorough and comprehensive.Naturalism/materialism is often coupled with the assumption of uniformitarianism, that is that natural processes have always gone on at the same rate as we see them happening today.

While it is possible that these aspects have been discussed within the Adelaide group in the past, it seems safer to proceed as it they had not, in order to provide a self-contained discussion.Now there is inherently nothing wrong with interpreting data based on presuppositions. In criminal trials there is one set of data—the evidence—but two interpretations based on two different presuppositions.One interpretation is based on the presupposition that the defendant is guilty, the other interpretation is based on the presupposition that the defendant is innocent.Steno himself saw no difficulty in attributing the formation of most rocks to the flood mentioned in the Bible.” (Although not directly relevant to the topic of discussion, it is interesting to note that the website goes on the say “However, he [Steno] noticed that, of the two major rock types in the Apennine Mountains near Florence, the lower layers had no fossils, while the upper ones were rich in fossils.He suggested that the upper layers had formed in the Flood, after the creation of life, while the lower ones had formed before life had existed.”) So it is clear that the geological data themselves do not require a long-age interpretation but rather the long-age interpretation is a result of the underlying presuppositions imposed on the interpretation of the data.

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