Compare and contrast relative and radioactive dating
Absolute dating supplies a numerical date whilst relative dating places events in time-sequence; both are scientifically useful.
This is based upon the spontaneous breakdown or decay of atomic nuclei.
In fact, organic samples from every portion of the Phanerozoic record (spanning the last 500 million years on OE dating) show detectable amounts of C-14.
Most people accept the current old-earth (OE) age estimate of around 4.6 billion years.
This age is obtained from radiometric dating and is assumed by evolutionists to provide a sufficiently long time-frame for Darwinian evolution.
Radioactive parent (P) atoms decay to stable daughter (D) atoms e.g.
the carbon isotope C-14 decays to nitrogen-14 and the uranium isotope U-235 decays to the lead isotope Pb-207.
This challenge is mainly headed by Creationism which teaches a young-earth (YE) theory.