Is there an objective dating standard? What about tree rings – do they prove that Earth is millions of years old? In “Circular Reasoning in Dating Methods”, geologist, Dr. Andrew Snelling answers some common questions about tree ring dating methods. Also, he explains some of the flaws in this method.
Trees grow annual rings; and thin sediment layers called varves are deposited in lakes. Like radiocarbon, these are used as dating methods. These different methods are claimed to agree with one another. But closer examination renders them questionable at best. The key to their misuse is circular reasoning which only proves what is assumed to begin with. For instance, radiocarbon is calibrated against tree rings, but then the tree-ring master chronology is calibrated using radiocarbon. And varves are counted at one per year, but then the counts are corrected using the radiocarbon in organic debris found in the varves themselves. Thus there is no objective dating standard for these three methods. Instead, this forced agreement renders these dating methods totally unreliable. These dating methods cannot discredit the Bible’s timescale for earth’s history.
Details for Circular Reasoning in Dating Methods:
Length: 74 minutes
Presenter: Dr. Andrew Snelling