Problems with archaeological dating methods

16-Jul-2016 02:09

In a stratigraphical context objects closer to the surface are more recent in time relative to items deeper in the ground.Although relative dating can work well in certain areas, several problems arise.Following a strict biblical chronology, Egyptian civilization cannot predate creation, nor can the pyramids be pre-Flood constructions.This article (although lengthy) does not attempt to solve any of the seeming problems in aligning Egyptian chronologies with the biblical text with any great detail.Egyptian chronology can be a challenging subject for biblical creationists.That’s because the secular, majority view about these chronologies extends further back than an objective reading of the biblical chronogenealogies allows for creation: a little over 6,000 years ago.

Relative dating stems from the idea that something is younger or older relative to something else.But for the average layperson trying to understand Egyptian history, it is often a case of ‘Where do I start? ’ There are so many names, dynasties and dates bandied around with seeming authority that it is a confusing topic to investigate.Also, without some background or a framework to help the Christian gain some perspective on the issues, it is difficult to be discerning about any information that claims to solve the many mysteries that Egypt presents—and there are dozens of those from Christian researchers alone!Hopefully this article will help us realize that the issue is not as cut and dried as the secular community sometimes presents it.Nor does Egyptian civilization falsify biblical history as the skeptics would like us to think.

Relative dating stems from the idea that something is younger or older relative to something else.But for the average layperson trying to understand Egyptian history, it is often a case of ‘Where do I start? ’ There are so many names, dynasties and dates bandied around with seeming authority that it is a confusing topic to investigate.Also, without some background or a framework to help the Christian gain some perspective on the issues, it is difficult to be discerning about any information that claims to solve the many mysteries that Egypt presents—and there are dozens of those from Christian researchers alone!Hopefully this article will help us realize that the issue is not as cut and dried as the secular community sometimes presents it.Nor does Egyptian civilization falsify biblical history as the skeptics would like us to think.Archaeology also examines many of the same topics explored by historians.