What Phaeton did to Earth

Phaeton, by “charging through the emptiness between Earth and the moon,” “stretched the moon’s orbit;” “the Earth’s tilt was altered, condemning Earth to a worldwide catastrophe.” “The swarm of planetary debris accompanying Phaeton … exploded … showering our planet with a celestial blizzard of rocks, stones and dust. … The Earth’s crust shifted and plunged it into upheaval.” (Refer Rand Flem-Ath in ‘Cataclysm’ by Allan & Delair)

Has scientific investigation now caught up with mythology and folklore? For instance, Plato’s story about the sudden destruction of the mythical island of Atlantis fits into the time frame relating to Phaeton’s visit. It would appear that the folklore and explicit memories of a very wide range of cultures – from ancient Mesopotamia, to the East, to Greece, to Scandinavia, and to the Americas especially – all refer to the raging firestorms, heavy bombardment by meteoric dust, darkness for years, heavy rains for days and days, terrible flooding, and sudden refrigeration – and few survivors! Yet, it is all unproven; but speculative conclusions are not new to modern science, either.

Catastrophes do, and will, happen. However, a catastrophe caused by a celestial intruder would be an extremely rare event. Significantly, Phaeton’s transit through the solar system would appear to have destroyed the antediluvian world’s alleged more congenial climate. The latter is claimed to have reflected the Earth’s more perpendicular rotation then, with “the seasons mainly undifferentiated climatically, especially in tropical and sub-tropical latitudes.” A golden Eden?

(The above paragraphs were extracted from my WordPress post of November 2011.)