That’s a big word in our title. What’s Uniformitarianism ? If you’re not familiar with it, Wikipedia has a writeup. They say it’s “the scientific observation that the same natural laws and processes that operate in the universe now have always operated in the universe in the past and apply everywhere in the universe.”
That’s an important principle, and only by abandoning it can one believe in tales like Noah’s Ark. That’s why we write about it from time to time — e.g. The Laws of Nature Don’t Change, #3.
So what we found today is truly bizarre. It’s a Pi Day post at Answers in Genesis (AIG). The title is Celebrate Einstein’s Birthday with Pi on 3.14.15. It was written by Avery Foley and Frost Smith, two names with which we’re not familiar.
They start out talking about pi, and they also mention that 14 March is Einstein’s birthday. For a few brief moments, they make AIG sound like a bunch of normal people. Then it gets weird. They say, with bold font added by us and their scripture references omitted:
Physics and mathematics are only possible because we live in a rational universe. If random naturalistic evolution were true, then we shouldn’t expect to have universal constants like pi. Why should things work the same throughout the whole universe? Why should our universe run in an orderly fashion if it is just the result of purposeless chance? What gives order to our whole universe? What causes pi to be the same today and tomorrow? Why do the laws of physics operate in predictable ways?
Yes, that sounds normal too, but remember — this is from AIG. They’ve previously rejected what they call “the uniformitarian worldview.” We quoted them in Answers in Genesis & the Speed of Light saying:
However, the uniformitarian worldview maintains that all things have continued at the same rate without any supernatural or catastrophic events to alter them. Namely, uniformitarianism excludes the Creation by God and the global Flood.
And before that, in AIG: All Scientific Dating Methods Are Wrong, we quoted them saying:
So our position is that all the dating techniques used in geology, cosmology, and physics are wrong when they claim that the universe is 13–15 billion years old and the earth about 4.5 billion years old. All the dating techniques are based on assumptions, and the main assumption is the constancy of the process rates used to calculate those ages. Since that assumption is used in all the dating techniques of geology, cosmology, and physics, then if that assumption is wrong, then so are all the dates. According to God’s Word that assumption of constancy of process rates is wrong.
They’ve said similar things on numerous occasions. Just go to the AIG website and search for the word “uniformitarian.” It’s as big a bogeyman to them as evolution itself. That has to be their position, because if the laws of nature were constant — and they are — then the cosmology, chronology, and biology implied by Genesis are impossible, and AIG’s creation science is as ludicrous as the sleigh used by Santa Claus.
However, in spite of the importance that chaotic laws of nature play in creation science, AIG seems to be doing a total flip-flop. Suddenly they favor uniformitarianism — at least in their Pi Day post. We assume they’ll quickly revert to their creation science ways.
Okay, now that you know what’s going on here, let’s get back to AIG’s latest essay:
We live in an orderly and consistent universe because there is a consistent God who upholds the universe. Universal constants and order make sense because there is a God who never changes and who has imposed order on His creation — and this all-knowing God has informed us of this. That’s why we can know that the laws of nature will operate the same way next week as they did this week.
Do they realize that they’re contradicting one of the fundamental premises of creation science? Let’s read on:
In order for us to even be able to do physics or mathematics, we must assume that the universe is orderly and that laws of nature will operate the same tomorrow as today. Yet in a naturalistic worldview there is no way to know the future . . . for all they know, the laws of nature might change tomorrow.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Then they throw in something about Pi Day:
Some say the Bible has an error in relation to π. First Kings 7:23 states, “Now he made the sea of cast metal ten cubits from brim to brim, circular in form, and its height was five cubits, and thirty cubits in circumference.” … The Bible writer here merely used rounding. Most people, if asked what the circumference of a cylinder with a diameter of 10 feet is (regardless of the thickness of the wall), would answer “about 30 feet.” Critics often grasp at straws to find Bible inaccuracies that simply aren’t there.
Yeah, yeah. We discussed that in Creationists And The Scriptural Value Of Pi. Then they repeat AIG’s nonsensical mantra “explaining” why their mythological cosmology is scientific:
There are two different kinds of science: observational and historical science.
We won’t bother with that today. In the essay’s final paragraph, they once again contradict AIG’s central dogma:
Mathematics, like all branches of science, confirms God’s character and God Word. Indeed, no matter where we look in the universe or what branch of science we use, God’s Word is confirmed over and over again because it is true from the very beginning. God is the Creator who has carefully fashioned this universe, imposed order on it, and upholds it. Pi, logic, physics, math, and “the heavens declare the glory of God” — no amount of math, science, or technology has ever falsified that. We can trust His Word from the very beginning.
How will AIG handle this doctrinal catastrophe? Contradictions don’t bother creationists, so they could simply ignore today’s essay. That seems the easiest course to follow. But it’ll be more fun if they try to reconcile it with everything they’ve said before. We’ll be watching.
See also: Ken Ham Rejects Uniformitarianism.
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