063: The Difference Between Uniformitarianism and the Uniformity of Nature

Nov 1, 2018 | Creation, Podcast

Our fundamental assumptions about the nature of reality, history, etc., will inevitably show up in our exploration of those things.

But how do these assumptions affect our results?

The answer to this question is the subject matter of today’s podcast lesson. We realize that, in order to do science, one must assume the uniformity of nature. If nature were not uniform, we could not expect to see the same results from a scientific experiment when the experiment was repeated.

But here’s a question: Does that assumption necessarily extend indefinitely? Is it possible that, through supernatural intervention, there have been periods of earth history where some of the “rules” were changed?

I think we have both biblical and scientific firepower to believe that’s the case.

Listen in to this week’s show as I attempt to draw the proper distinction between the uniformity of nature and the philosophy of uniformitarianism, and give reasons to question whether the latter is a warranted assumption.

In this lesson, you’ll learn:

  1. Two important questions to ask about any assumption you hold, which will help determine whether or not it is true.
  2. Why two of the 20th century’s most famous scientists (and anti-creationists!) were not uniformitarianists, and how that strengthens the biblical case for catastrophism.
  3. Three biblical (and three scientific) reasons to question the assumption of uniformitarianism.
  4. Why history confirmed by reliable eyewitnesses is always more helpful information than necessarily speculative scientific enterprises.

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