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published: 12/31/12

Creation and Evolution



The Debate

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"It is owing to their wonder that men both now begin and at first began to philosophize; they wondered originally at the obvious difficulties, then advanced little by little and stated difficulties about the greater matters, e.g. about the phenomena of the moon and those of the sun and of the stars, and about the genesis of the universe."

~ Aristotle

The ongoing debate between creationism and evolutionary theory has increased in recent years as books are published, public debates are held, and schools wrestle with how to teach science. While there are advocates on both sides that are cordial, the debate can become emotionally charged as individuals and institutions locate this subject within a worldview that are passionate about and seek to defend. It is unlikely that this conversation is going away any time soon.

These following articles about creation and evolution are intended to introduce the reader to the primary issues in the conversation. The articles discussing evolution are not intended to thoroughly explain the scientific theory, but to speak of it in the context of the creation and evolution discussion. These articles will refrain from the phrase "creation vs. evolution" out of recognition that some people combine the views and also to avoid the perception that religion and science are rival subjects.





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Creationism is the viewpoint that God intentionally initiated, and is responsible for, the existence of the universe as well as life forms.

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Creation ex nihilo is an important teaching of the Bible, which describes how God created all things.


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This creationist viewpoint argues believes that the age of the Earth is much young that conventional scientific thought.

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This movement, and organization, emphasizes that human beings show evidence of being created by an intelligent being.


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This creationist viewpoint has a unique interpretation of the first chapter of Genesis, which has implications for how old the Earth is.

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Although Christianity is found at the center of many of the debates about creationism and evolution, it is not the only world religion to believe the doctrine.


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This creationist viewpoint has a unique reading of Genesis 1:1-2, which meshes Old-Earth and Young-Earth thought.

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This perspective combines elements of creationism and evolution into one viewpoint.


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This understanding is based on a certain way the first chapter of Genesis should be read.

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