Uniformitarianism Exposed in the Bible
NCW 69: August 2000 - January 2001
Q. Does the Bible anywhere prophetically warn us of the modern-day doctrine of evolution? You would think that a philosophy that becomes so widespread would be mentioned somewhere in the Scriptures?
A. Yes, we are warned, and actually very clearly at that. It's the apostle Peter who, though perhaps not aware of the future teaching of evolutionists, was certainly aware of similar teachings in his day, for evolution, you must remember, was and is the doctrine of the pagans. He writes:
"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day" (2 Pet.3:8, NIV).
Most people take this verse out of context and assume that it is only referring to God's view of time which passes with great rapidity as far as He is concerned. Others assume that this Scripture can be applied to creation and argue that each creation day may be one thousand years long. Whilst both of these interpretations are valid in a midrashic sense, this is not the primary meaning of Peter at all. Rather, the context reveals that the apostle is confronting the scoffers who shall come in the last days and who will deride the promises of the second coming of Yah'shua (Jesus). These people reveal their total lack of faith in the biblical doctrine of Catastrophism, the teaching that God intervenes in dramatic ways as, for example, in the global Flood (which evolutionists reject). What do the evolutionists believe in? Peter tells us precisely - they believe that "all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation" (v.4, KJV). They believe that all current processes are essentially the same as the processes which occurred at the "beginning" over vast aeons of time. They call this philosophy uniformitarianism, that is, everything happens at a uniform or constant rate.
The apostle chides such foolish people, telling them that they are entirely ignorant because uniformitarianism is not the way in this world came into being. Interestingly, the doctrine of Catastrophism is beginning to creep into some evolutionary thinking as the more intelligent and honest amongst these atheists acknowledge that such a philosophy does not support the fossil record and its seemingly infinite number of "missing links" not does it explain the fact that many phenomena in nature, previously ascribed to uniformitarian processes, have appeared in recent times as the result of catastrophes. Hence people like Stephen Gould have come up with the idea of "punctuated equilibrium" to explain the gaps in the fossil record, claiming that evolution occurred in sudden bursts that were so fast that there wasn't time for fossils to form. Hence the missing links! This is as ridiculous as some of the teachings of the early creationists who said the devil put the dinosaur fossils in the rocks to confound the evolutionists! In recent times we have seen the stratification of rocks in a period of only a few decades following, for example, the eruption of Mt.St.Helens in the north-west US. We have, within a century, witnessed the fossilisation of a top hat - yes, it is now a piece of rock - lost in an Australian mine shaft. And we now know for sure that some of the oil finds off the California coast were formed in only a few thousand years.
So Peter is in actual fact saying that what atheists claim takes a thousand years God can accomplish in one day, and in deed, has been accomplishing "in one day". The evolutionists have needlessly dilated time in order to allow, as they suppose, a sufficiently long period for the infinitely more mysterious and scientifically ludicrous process of "evolution" to take place. For them creation is impossible so they add the magical ingredient time and say that everything made itself. But even when the contradict this need for vast time in such philosophies as punctuated equilibrium, they still imply it because of they don't creationism will, after all, be shown to be the more reasonable interpretation of the existing scientific data. So desperate are they, in fact, to keep the wool over the public's eyes, that they even producing nut cases like Goldberg and his "Hopeful Monster" philosophy which claims, for example, that one day a crocodile laid an egg and a chicken emerged fully evolved. Uniformitarianism and evolution may seem reasonable because of our awe of antiquity and humility before vast periods of time, but when closely inspected reveal themselves to be no more based on scientific fact and common sense than the Greek myths about Hercules or the incredible exploits of Superman.
Like so many silly and dangerous ideas which began in the Old World and came to maturity in the New, evolutionism and uniformitarianism are but pagan fads that will fade away as quickly as the religions that originally spawned them. When Yah'shua (Jesus) suddenly appears in the sky, there will be a great burning of books and videos the whole world over as the survivors of the holocaust realise how duped they were by the scientific priests of Zeus and Astarte. In the meantime, it is more than possible for the more thinking portion of our race to think through the data without doctrinal or philosophical prejudice and weigh it carefully for themselves.
The Bible proves itself to be right again and again and that all the silly doctrines and philosophies that modern and supposedly "advanced" man believes in are shown to be what they really are: bankrupt ideas that belong more to the realm of the pagan fairy tale than facts and common sense.
If you would like to know more about the evolution-creation controversy, write in for a reading list of good books on the subject from the USA and Great Britain. For those with scientific training we can recommend good scientific creationist monographs that will say the same things but in greater depth. In the meantime, if you are a Christian and would like a good foundational text, we recommend John C. Whitcomb & Henry M. Morris, The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and its Scientific Implications (The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1961, ISBN 0-87552-338-2), a classic that has sent violent tremors through the evolutionary world and has provoked a backlash resembling religious persecution more than a reasoned scientific response. Or write to the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), P.O.Box 2667, El Cajon, CA 92021, USA (Tel. 619/448-0900) for an exhaustive catalogue of creationist materials.
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