So it is useful that we examine whether these methods are reliable.
Water for example is solid when it is ice, is liquid when it is simple drinkable, and is gaseous in the form of water vapor.
But also iron, to give another example, can become liquid in great heat.
The matter is made of molecules: The smallest particles of a given substance.
Paleontology Geologic time Record of life forms and geologic events Shows how the earth has changed over time Constructive and destructive forces build up the Earth and break it down Show Life forms have changed from simple to more complex Dating Rocks Relative dating is the age of a rock compared to other rocks Law of super position is used to determine the relative age of a rock Law of super position states that in sedimentary rock layers, the oldest rocks are in the bottom layer and the youngest rocks are in the top layer Fossils A fossil is the preserved remains or traces of living things Most fossils are form when living things die and are buried in sediments Petrified fossil: Sediments harden into rock and preserve the shapes of the organisms Preserved fossils form when they are trapped tree sap, tar, or ice Geological Time period Because time span of Earth’s past is so great, geologists use a time scale to show Earth’s history.
Why is this topic important for the Christian faith?In the first place because of the chronology in the Bible.In Genesis 5 is told how old Adam and his descendants were when their child was born. When we connect those with other data about the time (e.g.1 Kings 6: 1, where a period of 480 years is mentioned), then we arrive to the conclusion that Adam lived about 4000 years before the beginning of our era.But many scientists calculate with an evolutionary theory, in which the life on earth has begun already millions of years ago.These scientists base their chronology especially on the radio-carbon method and similar methods, such as the K-Ar method.