In particular, the C-14 dating method is important in the study of the Old Testament, since it professes to supply absolute dates for events within the past forty thousand years, which covers the apparent periods of Old Testament history.
Since the revival of scientific creationism in the early 1960s, one of the most important events has been the on going debate over the validity of C-14 dating.
C-14 dating received special attention from evangelical Christians who emphasized the authority and reliability of the Bible, because it could date the age of organic remains of ancient plants, animals and men in terms of the biblical chronology.
The Seventh-day Adventists and the American Scientific Affiliation were central forums in the controversy regarding radioactive dating during the first decade after the invention of the C-14 dating method.
Then the controversy spread out into wider evangelical circles.
Yet he continued to believe that the environment of the pre-flood era was totally different from the present one and argued that the present conditions of cosmic radiation from outer space did not prevail before the flood.
Although he sometimes accepted the antiquity of the earth by subscribing to the gap theory, Since the late 1930s, Price's disciples in both evangelical and Adventist circles actively sought to establish organizations committed to strict creationism.