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catastrophism

the thesis that fossil beds represented catastrophic MASS EXTINCTIONS so that the fossil record showed a series of separate creations, each followed by a mass mortality. Held largely in the 18th and 19th centuries, this idea lost support with the development of evolutionary theory in the 20th century.
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First, it is necessary to consider whether "apocalypse"--as it is used in catastrophist rhetoric generally and South African prolepsis in particular--retains its theological meaning.
Sasha Lilley, for one, disputes the catastrophist teleology.
The Catastrophist (1998) by Ronan Bennett (Headline Review, 8.
And while you are at it prophesising all this doom and gloom, ask for your speakers' after dinner fee, since catastrophist theory sells well.
Unlike Josiah Whitney, who denied that glaciers shaped Yosemite and the Sierras, "Muir believed that glacial landscape formation expressed the 'working of Divine harmonious law' better than Whitney's catastrophist argument" (Williams, God's Wilds 73).
Peak oil: A catastrophist cult and complex realities.
Workman diminished his catastrophist approach when he said that "a restudy of some of MacNeish's material and additional information has led me to the interpretation of strong cultural continuity between the Taye Lake and Aishihik phases .
Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College, and author of the acclaimed novel The Catastrophist -- creates a suspenseful story in The Vices.
In Douglas' previous novel, The Catastrophist, a similar hero embarked on a career of comically unsuccessful adultery.
For a discussion of how the likelihood of a climate catastrophe has affected a leading climate scientist, see Elizabeth Kolbert, The Catastrophist, NEW YORKER, June 29, 2009, at 39.
The manner in which we network with each other is "a law of human existence," said Gordon Woo, a catastrophist with RMS, at the catastrophic risk management firm's annual terrorism seminar in New York City.
The urgency of resolving the problems of the Third World induced revision of the catastrophist doctrine that had come to predominate in the West.