Catastrophist geology

1797 Catastrophist geology

The book of science

Tom Sharp

James Hall geology

Catastrophist geology

Noah’s flood


The evolution of thought progresses by chance discoveries and the slow and inconsistent accumulation of evidence. The alternative to catastrophism was not fully expressed until Lyell published Principles of geology in 1830. Today some people today claim that catastrophism is supported by evidence and geologists may admit that the earth has been formed by an interplay of catastrophic events and uniformitarian processes.

Opposed to the progress of science is the inertia of belief, which no human is free of, no more than a building can be free of its foundations or a bridge can be free of its connections to its shores. But an imbalance is possible in favor of science, as is leaning forward to move ahead without falling or steering a unicycle by leaning in one direction or the other.

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