There are many periods of decreasing C-14, which disproves his theory that the earth is young based on C-14 equilibrium.
Scientists know that it is not, and correct for this. There is no data to indicate otherwise, and Hovind presents none.He does give an illustration of a candle burning, saying it would be like assuming the candle always burned at the same rate.Sometimes, it is near zero, other times it is greatly increased.Therefore over time, we could have reached equilibrium many times. Since the rate of C-14 production is far from constant, the theory that the earth is less than 30,000 years old based on equilibrium is unreliable.However, a "candle" can hardly be compared to "radioactive decay." These are merely empty words meant to impress his gullible readers..gives no real scientific evidence.
He says "Present testing shows the amount of C-14 in the atmosphere has been increasing since it was first measured in the 1950's." True, but we also know, based on the tree ring data, that it has not always been increasing.
I will continue documenting the historical evidence for the Shroud's existence from the 13th to the 1st century in my "The Shroud of Turin" series when I get to "4. AD 1260-1390":"Very small samples from the Shroud of Turin have been dated by accelerator mass spectrometry in laboratories at Arizona, Oxford and Zurich. The results provide conclusive evidence that the linen of the Shroud of Turin is mediaeval ...
".]See my last post in that series, "Revised #5," for the background to this new series. Their results, published on 16 February 1989, in the scientific journal Nature, claimed that "the linen of the Shroud of Turin is mediaeval ...
Hovind goes on to claim "This also means that plants and animals that lived in the past had less C-14 in them than do plants and animals today.
Just this one fact totally upsets data obtained by C-14 dating." A study of plants of the past, using tree-rings, confirms a direct correlation between C-14 levels and the earth's magnetic field, over the last 8,000 years.
• The evidence is overwhelming that the Shroud of Turin is authentic.