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However, this is the case only if certain conditions are met.
In addition to the criticisms raised by Woods concerning the level of C-14 and the constant influx of cosmic radiation in the atmosphere, Harris argued that it would be virtually impossible to know whether the C-14 sample was free of foreign carbon-containing material.
One of the most interesting and controversial defenses of a young earth was raised by Robert V.
Gentry, an Adventist geophysics professor at Columbia Union College, who published several scientific articles in authoritative journals on the pleochroic halo and its implications.
In particular, the C-14 dating method is important in the study of the Old Testament, since it professes to supply absolute dates for events within the past forty thousand years, which covers the apparent periods of Old Testament history.
Since the revival of scientific creationism in the early 1960s, one of the most important events has been the on going debate over the validity of C-14 dating.