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Uniformitarianism v. Catastrophism1 min read

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Today, I was reading Truth Matters, an out-of-print collection of some of John MacArthur’s best writings from 1969 to 2004.  One interesting chapter dealt with the doctrine of Creation, including the age of the earth, and why he believes that the old-earth model is wrong, both scientifically and theologically.  Even more interestingly, he quotes a bible passage that appears to condemn/refute Uniformitarianism (2 Peter 3:3-5):


First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

Special Creation

But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.

Noahic flood

By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.

Final Judgement

By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.