Carbon-14 dating is the standard method used by scientists to determine the age of certain fossilized remains.
As scientists will often claim something to be millions or billions of years old (ages that do not conform to the Biblical account of the age of the earth), Christians are often left wondering about the accuracy of the carbon-14 method.
A small percentage of carbon atoms have an atomic weight of 14 AMU’s. Carbon-14 is an unstable, radioactive isotope of carbon 12.
As with any radioactive isotope, carbon-14 decays over time.
Another reason we can know this is because the amount of carbon-14 in the atmosphere is only 78% what it would be if the earth were old. Libby and the evolutionist crowd have assumed that all plant and animal life utilize carbon-14 equally as they do carbon-12.The carbon-14 dioxide is utilized by plants in the same way normal carbon dioxide is.This carbon-14 dioxide then ends up in humans and other animals as it moves up the food chain. Libby introduced the carbon-14 dating method at the University of Chicago.This would have upset the ratio of carbon-14 to carbon-12. Libby also assumed that the amount of carbon-14 being presently produced had equaled the amount of carbon-12 – he assumed that they had reached a balance.The formation of carbon-14 increases with time, and at the time of creation was probably at or near zero.