Why Another Book on Catastrophism

J. Harlen Bretz wrote THE GRAND COULEE in 1932 but the political/scientific establishment reduced man and catastrophic theory to “nothing more than finales”; Allen, Burns and Sargent’s CATACLYSMS ON THE COLUMBIA. Establishment geologists removed Bretz name from all reference to the Missoula Floods and re-worked the geology to fit their uniformitarianist geologic theory. These people aren’t ever going to tell you the upper Grand Coulee is an hydraulically formed elliptical syncline (bathtub) formed by internal water and represents the very best example of a Biblical “fountain of the great deep” (Genesis 7:11). Bretz refused to identify his characteristic “upgrade” with the Biblical flood. Once the establishment was firmly in control again, they awarded Bretz the Penrose Metal – life moved on, catastrophism was supposedly delegated to obscurity and blemished.

In the 1950’s, Immanuel Velikovsky wrote several books about the catastrophic nature of earth history. By then, the political/scientific community was so organized they literally stopped publication of his book WORLDS IN COLLISION. His view point became so well known and criticized it was called the “age of Velikovsky”. He identified several anchor points which tied Egyptian history to the Israelite history of the Bible. One important discovery was identifying the Hyksos with the Biblical Amalekites and their conqueror as the Israelite King Saul. He re-wrote historical dates and showed the Hyksos reign lasted over 400 years in Egypt. Unfortunately, he never did answer the most important question of Egyptian history; identifying the Pharaoh of the Exodus. The great intellectual chasm between authors such as Darwin, Einstein and Freud compared to Otis and Velikovsky is never broached.

In 1995, Graham Hancock published FINGERPRINTS OF THE GODS. The catastrophic elements of this book are so contradictory as to stupefy the reader; several maps drawn from the 1300’s to the 1500’s show Antarctica without an ice blanket in proper longitude. Surely, the establishment would have to drop down in obeisance? Hancock himself lets them off the hook by extending the time scale on a wandering black hole venture back to 10,000 B.C. using precession. If there is catastrophism, the Sphinx was traveling the other way viewing the southern constellations in the time period Hancock visualizes meaning it wouldn’t be formed as a lion and supposed precessional conclusions would not be valid. No extension of time places multiple thousands of frozen quadrupeds in Siberia. Piri Reis claimed to be reading a map from before the Sumerian Civilization when we don’t even know what language the Sumerians spoke; interesting. No matter what direction your view comes from this is an interesting book, but again catastrophism slinks away tarnished. Did you notice Antarctica has four major rivers and so did the Garden of Eden?

So, can my book on the Grand Coulee revive Bretz, or can I know more Ancient East history than Velikovsky or can I travel the world more extensively than Hancock? No! What little magic do I possess that can rise to the level of advancing catastrophism? What will it take to reverse “he shall speak great words against the most high, and shall wear out the saints of the most high” (Daniel 7:25), “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them” (Revelation 13:7)? Simply put the end of any scientific argument is always the immutable characteristic of mathematics.