Table of Contents

Index of Creation Answers Book chapters

Lesson 1

Does God exist?
(Chapter 1)

Lesson 2

Did God really take six days?
(Chapter 2)

Lesson 3

What about the ‘gap theory’?
(Chapter 3)

Lesson 4

What about carbon dating?
(Chapter 4)

Lesson 5

How can we see distant stars in a young universe?
(Chapter 5)

Lesson 6

How did bad things come about?
(Chapter 6)

Lesson 7

What about arguments for evolution?
(Chapter 7)

Lesson 8

Who was Cain’s wife?
(Chapter 8)

Lesson 9

Were the Nephilim extraterrestrials?
(Chapter 9)

Lesson 10

Was Noah’s Flood global?
(Chapter 10)

Lesson 11

What about continental drift?
(Chapter 11)

Lesson 12

Noah’s Flood-what about all that water?
(Chapter 12)

Lesson 13

How did the animals fit on Noah’s Ark?
(Chapter 13 &
Chapter 14)

Lesson 14

Where are all the human fossils?
(Chapter 15)

Lesson 15

What about the Ice Age?
(Chapter 16)

Lesson 16

How did animals get to Australia?
(Chapter 17)

Lesson 17

How did all the different ‘races’ arise?
(Chapter 18)

Lesson 18

What happened to the dinosaurs?
(Chapter 19)
The Creation Answers Book
The Creation Answers Book

Study guide

Creation Answers Book

by Dr Don Batten (editor), Dr David Catchpoole, Dr Jonathan Sarfati, and Dr Carl Wieland

Lesson 4
What about Carbon Dating?


The Answers Book, Chapter 4


How the Carbon ‘clock’ works (pp. 75-79)

Discussion questions

  1. How is 14C made?
  2. What is the ‘carbon clock’?
  3. What types of substances does the carbon dating method work on?
  4. Define ‘half-life’.
  5. What is the half-life of 14C?
  6. Theoretically, how does carbon dating work?
  7. How did the industrial revolution affect the 14C /12C ratio?
  8. How did the Flood affect the 14C /12C ratio?
  9. What other factors affect the 14C /12C ratio? How?
  10. Is carbon dating reliable? Why or why not?


Other radiometric dating methods (pp. 79-81)

Discussion questions

  1. What types of rocks are used with radioisotope dating methods such as Potassium-Argon, Uranium-Lead, etc? (See also Radio-dating in rubble.)
  2. Theoretically, how does the radioisotope dating method work?
  3. What is meant by the phrase, ‘isotope concentrations are not dates’?
  4. What assumptions are made when using radioisotope methods? (See also The Young Earth (book)).


‘Bad’ dates (pp. 81-83)

Discussion questions

  1. What is ‘posterior reasoning’?
  2. How has ‘posterior reasoning’ been used?
  3. Define ‘paradigm’.
  4. What is meant by the phrase ‘bad dates’?


Methods Should Work Reliably on Things of Known Age (pp. 83-85)

Discussion questions

  1. Read: From these examples, what conclusions can you draw about the reliability of using radioisotope dating methods to date items of unknown age?
  2. In a short essay, summarize the content and conclusions of these articles.


More Evidence Something is Wrong (pp. 85-86)

Discussion questions


What conclusions can you draw from the information found in these articles?


Many Physical Evidence Contradict the ‘Billions of Years’-Orphan Radiohaloes (pp. 86-91)

Discussion question

See also Q&A: Young Age Evidence and Q&A: Geology. Write a report on the topic: Is there evidence for a young Earth?.



Discussion question

If a friend said to you, ‘But I thought carbon-dating proved the Earth is millions of years old’, how would you respond?

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