It was instrumental in my own decision to abandon the gap theory (I had already given up on theistic evolution and the day-age theory) in favor of the young earth.
My first book, (published in 1946), had briefly questioned the reliability of radioactive dating, but also had allowed for the gap theory.
In 1946 I enrolled for graduate work at the University of Minnesota, taking a minor in geology and spending much time in the geological library there and studying carefully the Annual Reports of the Committee on Geologic Time.
During this period, I also revised my 1946 book, deleting the discussion of the gap theory and expanding its critique of radiometric dating. They and others like them will accept literal creationism only when they are convinced that secular scientists believe it.
When I first heard of these (about 1946), I purchased all the back issues and subscribed to all future issues, trying to note all studies and comments potentially useful to creationists. During the century after Lyell and Darwin and up until about 1950, the reaction of practically all Christian leaders was to accept uniformitarianism and the radiometric ages, accommodating them by either the gap theory or the day-age theory. Perhaps the first was Dudley Joseph Whitney, an agricultural scientist who had graduated from Berkeley and then edited various agricultural journals.
The word (Hebrew, yom) is specifically defined by God as the daylight period in the diurnal succession of day and night the very first time it is used (Genesis 1:5).
The very concept of billions of years of a groaning, travailing creation (Romans ) with animals suffering and dying during the long geologic ages before God could get around to creating men and women in His own image, is an insult to a loving, omniscient, omnipotent God.
Death is, under such a concept, not "the wages of sin" as the Bible says (Romans ), but the method of "creation," as evolutionists say.
Lane, geology professor at Tufts University, as chairman.
The Committee first met in December 1923 and then began publishing in "Annual Reports," reviewing and discussing all the papers on radiometric dating during each successive year, continuing until 1955 or so.