Absolute and relative dating methods
Consider two methods of estimating the age of some fossils which gave the same approximate result: The agreement of these two figures gives scientists a degree of confidence that the rate of slowing of the earth's rotation is constant, that the rate of radioactive decay is constant, that radiometric techniques to estimate the age of rocks is valid, and that the rugose corals are about 375 million years old.Consider two methods of estimating the age of the moon which also produced near identical results: Again, the agreement of these two measurements gives scientists confidence that the rate of accumulation of space dust has been more or less constant, that the radioisotope method of dating rocks works, and that the moon is about four billion years old.However most have been shown to be pious forgeries created by some very enthusiastic and devout believers.The rest are heavily eroded footprints that resemble human footprints, but were made by a non-human species.
When this happens, scientists revise their theories slightly to accommodate the new finding.
This concept of falsification assures that, on the long haul, scientific theories become progressively closer approximations to reality.
Scientists are sometimes able to estimate the age of an object by using two unrelated methods.
A second belief is that, unless otherwise indicated, biblical passages should be interpreted literally.
Thus, when the Genesis creation story or stories state that God created the world in six days, it is normally interpreted to mean six literal, 24 hour, days.