By measuring the ratio of carbon-14 to stable carbon-12, scientists can then determine when the organism in question died.

The concept behind radiocarbon dating is rather simple.

While organisms live, they incorporate radioactive carbon-14 from the atmosphere.

In the debate, Ken Ham articulated his belief in the young earth view, and attacked Christians who hold to the old earth as inconsistent.

He argued against the evidence of radiometric and astrological dating – where scientists study the decay of minerals and the distance of the stars to claim that the universe is at least millions of years old.

Old earth Christians defended their view, arguing that the Bible does not require believers to believe creation took exactly six twenty-four hour days.

Genesis 1 and 2Young earth creationists point to Genesis 1, where the text seems to argue for a creation lasting six twenty-four hour days.Though radiocarbon dating clearly enjoys “wide public interest,” it also generates much confusion and discord among Christians, which leads to an obvious question: is Libby’s celebrated work a reliable technique for dating ancient objects?The short answer is a resounding YES and here’s why.The technique hinges on carbon-14, a radioactive isotope of the element that, unlike other more stable forms of carbon, decays away at a steady rate.Organisms capture a certain amount of carbon-14 from the atmosphere when they are alive.The debate, however, ignored other Christian perspectives, most notably "old earth creationism" of the intelligent design movement – another Christian approach to faith and science."Young earth creationists believe that the world was created in six twenty-four hour days and that the earth is no more than 6,000 years old," explained Jay Richards, senior fellow at The Discovery Institute, in an interview with The Christian Post on Thursday.