Uniformitarianism

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

(Ecclesiastes 1:9-10) KJV

Welcome to the 19th Century! It’s ironic that, even today, people will presume to disprove God by cobbling together some math based on Uniformitarianism ideals.

Uniformitarianism / u·ni·form·i·tar·i·an·ism / yo͞onəˌfôrməˈterēənizəm
Geology noun: the theory that changes in the Earth’s crust during geological history have resulted from the action of continuous and uniform processes. It’s the assumption that changes in the crust of the Earth have been so slow and gradual that they are not noticeable unless you consider a timescale in the order of millions of years. It’s used to rationalize the premise that current conditions of the Earth are a sufficiently accurate predictor of conditions in the past.

– Uniformitarianism, definition

Uniformitarianism was popularized by Charles Lyell, a contemporary of Charles Darwin. Between them and the academic community at the time they induced the rationale to be able to say that the remnants of Noah’s flood, which formed the entire landscape, had taken millions of years to form. There are no testable hypotheses, this is not science. There are three areas where we see the use of Uniformitarianism instead of science:

  1. Disproving Noah’s flood,
  2. rationalizing radiometric dating,
  3. inducing a time scale for plate tectonics.

Ironically, radiometric dating is pseudoscience to begin with, so it’s rather hilarious that the main support for it should have to draw upon 19th Century smoke and mirrors. That being said we’re going to give an example of uniformitarianism applied by Andrew L. Seidel. Mr. Seidel has assumed that there was a Mt. Everest at the time of Noah’s flood. That’s because as far as he’s concerned, Mt. Everest has always been there. Uniformitarianism.

One question that has annoyed me for years is not as obvious. Genesis 7:20 says that the waters submerged the world’s highest mountains under 15 cubits of water. That means that flood covered Mount Everest, which is 29,028 feet tall and getting a bit taller every day, with 22 feet of water.

– Andrew L. Seidel, How much water would be needed for Noah’s Flood?

The problem is that Mt. Everest rose up when the tectonic plates formed in the time of Peleg when Pangaea broke apart, and that was AFTER Noah’s flood. That’s one reason why uniformitarianism fails.


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