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The Smoking Gun of Accelerated Decay?

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The isotopes Tellurium-130 (130Te) and Selenium-82 (82Se) are known to undergo double beta-decay, a process in which two neutrons change into two protons with the emission of two electrons and two antineutrinos. The half-lives for these processes are some of the longest half-lives ever measured, meaning that such decays happen only very slowly. In calculating these half-lives from theory, physicists assume that certain laws of physics have operated in a well-formulated manner.  In inferring the age of a rock using these decays, one must assume that the laws of physics have operated the same over the lifetime of the rock.

In science, and particularly in physics, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that there are principles outside of God, which we call “laws,” to which God must necessarily be subject. In a sermon of July 3, 1881, C. Spurgeon addressed this subject:

God’s word is the manifestation of his secret thought. By it he reveals his decree; by it he manifests his nature; by it he carries out his purpose…Our wise men are continually talking of the laws of nature, and we know that there are such laws, or, in other words, it is a fact that God usually acts in such and such a way; but to suppose that there is any power in the mere laws of nature is absolutely absurd. You may make laws in your household that things are to be done in such and such a way; but unless somebody carries them out laws are nothing. . . (Spurgeon, 1971, pp. 377–378)

Spurgeon was right on track. The accelerated decay hypothesis asserts that halflives of radioactive elements changed at certain periods in the history of the earth, including perhaps that decay rates were much larger during the Genesis Flood…

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  • George McNeill

    Between this and relativity, there are many things that affect the age of rocks and other things that we do NOT know about. Some scientist are arrogantly trying to prove religious books wrong instead of sticking to hypothesis and proving them right or wrong.

  • Linda Joy Adams

    My late sister, Dr. Theora Hardy-Fike knew this back in 1970’s when she was working on her doctorate in science education. She explained about differing rates. I’m not a scientist so much of the technical jargon of what she said didn’t register. As the good teacher she was, I got the point as did many of her students. She had her own battles as a scientist in a world of scientists that couldn’t see the ‘ilogic’ of what they were promoting. She surely must be smiling down from heave on all the ‘discoveries.’ Linda Joy Adams

  • Robert Saunders

    We know, both from astronomical observations and from correlation of terrestrial observations, that the laws of physics are constant throughout all space and time. This is particularly true of quantum mechanics, which determines the rates of radioactive decay; quantum mechanics and its stepbrother quantum electrodynamics give results that are correct to parts in a trillion.

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