What the story of Phaeton means

This narrative should put an end to “Charles Lyell’s nineteenth century formulation of an alternative theory to catastrophism …” – the Principle of Uniformitarianism. “Uniformitarians have argued that disasters of such magnitude are completely contrary to the normal workings of Nature on Earth.” Yet more reliance on ‘proof’!

Catastrophists “… sought to reconcile traditional recollections of a global catastrophe with the known geological data. Catastrophists for long established the fact that numerous traditions mention one or more celestial agents as having assailed Earth and caused that calamity, and that prolific evidence is available which can be reasonably interpreted as having originated from genuine experience of such an event.”

The above extracts are from Allan & Delair’s Introduction to their book.

Most interestingly, the Phaeton catastrophe fits the time frame of Plato’s story of Atlantis! “In Plato’s dialogue, a learned Egyptian priest tells Plato’s ancestor, Solon, the legend of Atlantis. He relates that Atlantis had been destroyed in earthquakes and floods of extraordinary violence. This great catastrophe occurred 9000 years before his time. We know that Solon’s visit to Egypt took place sometime between 594 and 559 BC. This places the destruction of Atlantis some time between 9559 and 9594 BC. Allan & Delair reviewed hundreds of radiocarbon dates from around the world in an attempt to date the Phaeton catastrophe. They found that a great concentration of dates averaged 9577 BC, exactly amidst the time frame allowed by Plato’s ‘story’ of Atlantis!

This is the key period of our solar system’s trauma. Before then, the authors argue, the planets revolved undisturbed around the Sun during what we might call a time of celestial harmony, a golden age that was suddenly disturbed by an intruder from beyond our solar system.” (Flem-Ath)

Do not the folk memories of Mankind refer to a golden age in the past?