But that does nothing to eliminate the idea of God, for the question remains: Why is there a universe with these laws and these processes in the first place?

Charles Darwin seems to have understood this when he wrote: “With me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy.

Would anyone trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?

A commonly used radiometric dating technique relies on the breakdown of potassium (Ar in an igneous rock can tell us the amount of time that has passed since the rock crystallized.

If an igneous or other rock is metamorphosed, its radiometric clock is reset, and potassium-argon measurements can be used to tell the number of years that has passed since metamorphism.

When living things die, they stop taking in carbon-14, and the radioactive clock is "set"!

Any dead material incorporated with sedimentary deposits is a possible candidate for carbon-14 dating.It would be a mistake, for example, to take a work as rich as the Bible in symbolism and literary figures as if it were always relating history in the manner that we in our culture are accustomed to.Much less should we expect it to offer a scientific account of things.But it by no means disproves nor makes unnecessary Leonardo Da Vinci as the painter behind the painting.Furthermore, if we were the product of a purely random processes then we have good reason to doubt our mental faculties when it comes to knowing the truth. Because our mental faculties would be the result of a random evolutionary process which is aimed, not at producing true beliefs, but at mere survival.Radioactive elements are unstable; they breakdown spontaneously into more stable atoms over time, a process known as radioactive decay.