Indeed, such a “not inconsistent with” standard is the standard used by “traditionists” for every novel doctrine that they wish to impose.
It is not a valid way of doing textual interpretation.
Are any mosquitoes evolving with delayed-action stings or reduced sting secretions so that they can drink blood without the threat of imminent death?
jects that were once alive and is of no use in dating geological formations that do not contain some remains of formerly living organisms or that are older than approx 60,000 years of age.
Carbon atoms are contained in most cells of all living things on Earth.
Most carbon atoms (98.89 percent) are called carbon-12 because they have 6 neutrons and 6 protons in their nuclei.
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The carbon-14 decays without being replaced after the organism dies and half of the carbon-14 nuclei will disintegrate in about 5,730 years.
Most of the remaining atoms (1.11 percent) have 7 neutrons along with their 6 protons and are called carbon-13 atoms, but a very small quantity (called a trace amount) of carbon atoms have 8 neutrons and 6 protons. Carbon-14 atoms are radioactive and are referred to as radiocarbon.
They are unstable, and decay slowly by releasing electrons before evolving into nitrogen-14 atoms.
This is a very small fraction of the 4.56 billion year history of Earth.
As such other radiometric dating techniques are used on rocks older than this (one example being the Uranium-lead method).