Uniformitarianism is a ten dollar word used to describe a seriously flawed and bankrupt worldview. Uniformitarianism is the theory that natural and geographical features of the Earth are the result of forces that have been acting continuously and uniformity over billions and billions of years. The theory was first proposed in 1785 by James Hutton, a Scottish geologist, physician and naturalist. From 1830 to 1833 lawyer and amateur geologist Charles Lyell published a multi-volume work entitled Principles of Geology which would expand on Hutton’s theory and cement the idea into the minds of the secular scientists of the day. Principles of Geology explicitly rejected the Creation Account in Genesis including the widely accepted belief that Noah’s flood was primarily responsible for the Earth’s geology. Charles Darwin is said to have read Lyell’s work during his voyage on the Beagle, thereafter incorporating uniformitarianism into his theory of evolution. Lyell believed that all supernatural or Biblical explanations of creation were unscientific and therefore false. Lyell started with the assumption, (presupposition), that all Scripture is untrue. His work, Principles of Geology, essentially canonized atheistic naturalism as the starting point of all scientific research moving forward.
Naturalism is itself a religious belief. To totally discount supernatural forces in favor of the belief that everything happened by random chance is a form of faith. The scientific method is incapable of verifying uniformitarianism. So to reject the eye-witness account in Genesis in favor of the belief that everything happened by accident, out of nothing and for no reason requires a massive leap of faith. An irony that was apparently lost on the likes of Lyell, Darwin and all those who have followed.
Lyell’s theories have had a massive influence on modern-day scientific thinking. The theory that the Earth is eons old has become widely accepted. Lyell’s millions of years have become billions of years. It is likely that this time frame is so casually accepted by otherwise skeptical scientific thinkers because it conveniently accommodates uniformitarianism’s illegitimate children, the theory of evolution and big bang theory. However, with recent scientific discoveries, even ardent atheistic naturalists have been forced to question uniformitarianism. They have had to concede that catastrophes have played a much larger role in the formation of the Earth’s geographical features than they were previously willing to admit. Catastrophes can easily account for the Earth’s geological history in a relatively short period of time and refute uniformitarianism entirely.
Remember, Genesis, says that in the beginning, God created the world in six literal days, and you can believe it.