Mount St. Helens Continues to Frustrate Secular Geology

As most of us who pay attention to these things know, the concept that slow and gradual processes over a long periods of time is foundational to secular geology. This is called uniformitarianism, but creation scientists have successfully used catastrophism to confound many secular geologic views. Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980 and provided evidence supporting the Genesis Flood and creation science.

Eruptions of Mt. St. Helens have been important for creation science and Flood geology, and observed evidence gives lie to many claims in secular geological ideas.
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Keep in mind that Mt. St. Helens was one of the smaller volcanoes. During the Genesis Flood, there was a great deal more volcanic activity, storms, tsunamis, and so forth happening all over the world.

Creationists have been using geological evidence from the main eruption of Mt. St. Helens to demonstrate that rock layers could be laid down quickly instead of over millions of years. Now some secular geologists admit to catastrophic processes to some extent. Other observed information supports other creation science hypotheses and models.

In addition, life has been returning to the area, which gives lie to the claim that if the Genesis Flood actually happened, the earth would have been too devastated to recover. The Flood did happen as a judgement of God, Earth has mostly recovered — and the final Judgement is coming. Are you ready to stand before your Creator?
Nothing put a damper on uniformitarianism like the Mount St. Helens eruption on May 18, 1980. That explosion still echoes through the halls of the scientific establishment 40 years later. For nearly 150 years prior to the eruption, strict uniformitarianism reigned supreme in geology. The influence of James Hutton and his concept of deep time had trickled down to even the smallest details. Every geological process was thought to proceed as slowly as those observed today. Erosion and deposition were seen as steady, methodical processes requiring vast amounts of time to make a substantial impact.

In 1980, Mount St. Helens dropped an outdoor laboratory in geologists’ laps, forcing them to accept catastrophic events as major contributors to Earth’s overall geologic story. Many geologists call this actualism as opposed to uniformitarianism. They now accept the evidence that catastrophic events make major impacts on the rock record and that the normal everyday processes of deposition and erosion contribute very little.
You can read the rest of this explosive article at "Mount St. Helens, Living Laboratory for 40 Years". Also of interest is this book chapter from 2014, "Why Is Mount St. Helens Important to the Origins Controversy?"