This cataclysmic earthquake nearly leveled all of San Francisco when it struck on the morning of Wednesday, April 18th.
The question remains, will this Fifth World be heralded by a cataclysmic event like the one that took out the dinosaurs, or will it be a kind of ascension for humans?
Lyell marshalled all the observations he could collect in support of this principle, teaching that the present is the key to the past, and arraying all obtainable evidence against the cataclysmic theories of Cuvier.
This cataclysmic eruption may have been triggered by a menacing flyby, perhaps of a planet in a long period orbit around our sun.
His reactionary and retarding ideas as a special creationist and his advocacy of the cataclysmic theory of change exerted a baneful influence until overthrown by the uniformitarianism of James Hutton (1726-1797) and Charles Lyell (1797-1875) and the evolutionism of Darwin.