Uniformitarianism vs. Catastrophism Essay

1015 Words Jun 7th, 2013 5 Pages
| Uniformitarianism vs. Catastrophism | Lara Anderson | | Dr. Travis Bradshaw | PHSC 201-A19 |

For much of history, humans have grappled with the question: Where do we come from? Today there are two main houses of argument which have many different names. They are called secular and religious, evolutionists and creationists, humanists and theists. However, each house subscribes to its own idea of how the world has come about and progressed through history. The secular/evolutionist/humanist view point is that the earth happened through chance and time over billions of years of processes repeating themselves in the same way they do today, a view known as uniformitarianism. While the religious/creationist/theists claim that the
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Even the asteroid that they believe to have caused an ice age can be considered normal. () And most geologists today agree too that there have been change in the process we observe today. Specifically that plate tectonics as we understand it today were far different in the first one or two million years of Earth’s lifespan, as accepted by such scientists. Catastrophism as well agrees in part with uniformitarianism in that there are specific process that are ongoing today and were ongoing in the 6,000-10,000 year lifespan that is accepted by most such scientists. The differences between the two theories are numerous. For uniformitarianism to be considered an old-Earth theory must be accepted while most people who are believers of catastrophism subscribe to the young-Earth theory. Uniformitarians typically believe that human life has come about through billions of years of evolution while Catastrophists generally accept that man was created by an intelligent lawmaker or lawmakers.
Only time will tell which theory will hold precident in the future. We can, for now, understand that the theories described are severely different and yet stills similar. There is a truth to be found, but it is impossible to tell what happened in the past, be it a billion years ago or a few thousand, without faith. For those who think that the theory of uniformitarianism is correct, there is faith in process. We cannot know that

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