The Creation Answers Book

The Creation Answers Book

Lessons & Chapters

Lesson 1 Does God exist? (Chapter 1)

Lesson 2: Six days? Really? (Chapter 2)

Lesson 3 What about gap theories? (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 ‘sons of God’ and/or the Nephilim extraterrestrials? (Chapter 9)

Lesson 10 Was the Flood global? (Chapter 10)

Lesson 11 What about continental drift? (Chapter 11)

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

Lessons 13 & 14 How did all the animals fit on Noah’s Ark? and How did freshwater and saltwater fish survive the Flood? (Chapters 13 & 14)

Lesson 15 Where are all the human fossils? (Chapter 15)

Lesson 16 What about ice ages? (Chapter 16)

Lesson 17 How did animals get to Australia? (Chapter 17)

Lesson 18 How did all the different ‘races’ arise (from Noah’s family)? (Chapter 18)

Lesson 19 What about dinosaurs? (Chapter 19)

The Creation Answers Book Study Guide

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

Lesson 4: What about carbon dating?

Text: The Creation Answers Book, chapter 4

Section: How the carbon ‘clock’ works

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?

Section: Other radiometric dating methods

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).)

Section: ‘Bad’ dates?

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’?

Section: Methods should work reliably on things of known age

Discussion questions


  • In a short essay, summarize the content and conclusions of these articles.

Section: More evidence something is wrong

Discussion questions

Section: Many physical evidences contradict the ‘billions of years’

Research report

Section: Conclusions

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?