This week’s feedback deals with the place and limits of ‘scientific’ explanations within the biblical worldview. Dr Don Batten and Shaun Doyle respond.

Richard M., a frequent antagonist from the United States, writes in response to the article The illusion of millions of years:

Dear CMI

In this article, you say that “Computer modeling and sedimentation experiments indicate that such a Flood can easily explain the rock layers.” The only way that you can draw any conclusion, especially your foregone one, from such experiments is to make uniformitarian assumptions.

CMI’s Dr Don Batten responds:

Dear Richard,

Hello for 2011. I hope you have a good one.

You say, “The only way that you can draw any conclusion, especially your foregone one, from such experiments is to make uniformitarian assumptions.”

What do you mean by “uniformitarian”? Here is a definition of the term, which is historically correct, from none other than Talk Origins: “The name coined by William Whewell in 1832 to describe a view in geology championed by Charles Lyell that the rate and mechanisms of geological change operating in the modern era are sufficient to explain changes in the past.”….

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