Charles Darwin indiscriminately lumped together the organic and inorganic spheres — a grand category error.
The term demythologization is today most frequently associated with the mid 20th-century German theologian Rudolf Bultmann.
Imagine that you took your 4×4 truck off-roading and you returned home with the truck covered in mud.
People chose to believe what they wanted to believe in obedience to the then reigning intellectual fashion.
Catastrophism viewed the planet as having been molded by forces far more powerful than any observable at the present day.