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Volume 29, Number 4
March, 1993

Radiocarbon Dating after Forty Years: Do Creationists See it as Supporting the Biblical Creation and Flood?

A Review and Critique of Pertinent Creationist Writing, 1950-1990

Robert L. Whitelaw, M.S.

Some 30 papers by creationists on various aspects of radiocarbon dating have appeared since the definitive work by Willard F. Libby appeared 40 years ago. During that time over 50,000 published dates, using the Libby Method have appeared in the annual journal Radiocarbon. This paper surveys and compares the views expressed by creationists in these papers, mostly in CRSQ, and summarizes the points on which they agree and differ. The objective is two fold, (1) to show that a substantial body of creationists perceive that the radiocarbon dating method, properly screened and corrected, dramatically supports both the biblical Creation and Flood, and (2) to establish a basis for harmony among creationists in asserting such support so as to confront evolutionists with this biblical witness and evoke a response.

By biblical creation is meant a sudden appearance of the entire natural universe by divine fiat within six Earth days; and by the biblical Flood is meant worldwide catastrophic inundation and destruction of all terrestrial life as described in Genesis 6-8.

Tree-Ring Dating and Multiple Ring Growth Per Year

Gerald E. Aardsma, Ph.D.

There presently exist several long dendrochronologies, each comprised of about 10,000 individual growth-rings. These are examined for the possibility of multiple ring growth per year in their earliest portions due to unusual climatic conditions following the Flood. It is found that the tree-ring/radiocarbon data are contrary to the suggestion of multiple ring growth. Since it seems that the Flood must have occurred before the oldest rings of these series grew, the implication is that the Flood must have occurred more than 10,000 years ago.

The Mummified Forests of the Canadian Arctic

Charles Felix, Ph.D.

Large accumulations of desiccated wood exist in Tertiary age sediments of the Canadian Arctic islands. It would have been physiologically impossible for such forests to survive under present polar environmental conditions, and plate tectonics is considered an explanation for the existence of such forests. However, the preservation and the type of plant populations suggest a catastrophic origin for such deposits.

Neanderthal Man: Pre-Adamite, Co-Adamite, or Adamite?

Thomas Mary Sennott

There are currently two competing theories concerning the evolution of "anatomically modern man" called popularly the Candelabra Theory and Noah's Ark Theory. This paper examines whether it is possible to accommodate either or both of these theories to the biblical account of Adam and Eve.


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