Conflict between carbon dating and religion
Pleochroic halos are produced in minerals such as mica when they are bombarded by alpha particles from radioactive nuclei enclosed in the mineral.
Gentry argued that these halos indicated that some of the Precambrian rocks were created suddenly and recently.
The apparent contradiction between C-14 dates and the literal interpretation of Genesis has split the evangelical Christians of the United States into two factions: one, fundamentalist evangelicals who attempted to fit scientific findings into the literal interpretation of the Bible; and two, other evangelicals who felt that the Bible does not contain an absolute chronology of earth history.
This essay will trace the reactions of both of these groups in the United States to C-14 dating, focusing particularly on the response of the Seventh-day Adventists (SDA), the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA), the Creation Research Society (CRS) and the Institute for Creation Research (ICR)groups demonstrating particularly sensitive responses to C-14 dating and its implications.
This method also drew special attention from Christian scholars because of its effect on biblical interpretation.