Creation Terms

Glossary of Terms

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Archaeopteryx

This animal, according to some scientists, is the oldest known bird and had both bird-like and dinosaur-like features. Not all scientists agree.

Big Bang Theory

The theory that the universe was created by a large explosion in space 10 to 20 billion years ago. The theory is based on the observation of the universe expanding.

Creation Science

Creation science is the attempt to present scientific evidence that supports the claims of creationism based in Genesis.

Darwin, Charles

1809–1882. A naturalist and evolution theorist. Charles Darwin did not invent the theory of evolution. His grandfather, Erasamus Darwin, and many others, discussed and speculated about various evolutionary ideas. However, Charles Darwin was credited with providing a mechanism for evolution (natural selection), which he articulated in his book The Origin of Species. Not all scientists agree that his theory is valid. Darwin lived in England.

Day-age Creationism

Day-age creationism states that the "six days" of Genesis are not ordinary twenty-four-hour days, but rather much longer periods (for instance, each "day" could be the equivalent of millions, or billions of years of human time). This theory often states that the Hebrew word "yôm," in the context of Genesis 1, can be properly interpreted as "age."

Deluge

A flood of epic scope, often used to refer to the Flood of Genesis.

Diluvial

Of or related to the Flood of Genesis.

Evolution

The theory of evolution suggests that all living plants and animals evolved from one another over long periods of time: Humans evolved from apes, apes evolved from monkeys, monkeys evolved from lemurs, lemurs evolved from non-primate mammals, mammals evolved from reptiles, reptiles evolved from amphibians, amphibians evolved from fish, fish evolved from invertebrates, invertebrates evolved from bacteria, and bacteria evolved from a single-cell organism which formed spontaneously in the ocean. According to the theory, this process, from a single-cell organism to a human, took 4 billion years. Not all scientists agree that the theory is valid.

Gap Theory

Gap theory or gap creationism holds that life was recently created on a pre-existing old Earth.

Intelligent Design

Intelligent design (ID) is the claim that "certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.

Living Fossil

A fossil plant or animal that looks very similar to a modern organism.

Modern Geocentrism

Modern geocentrism holds that God recently created a spherical world, and placed it in the center of the universe. The sun, planets, and everything else in the universe revolve around it.

Natural Selection

One of the suggested mechanisms for how evolution works. A large number of plants or animals would naturally display slight variations, such as smaller or larger size, lighter or darker color, etc. Darwin suggested that the most fit of these animals or plants would survive because of their stronger characteristics. The weaker would be killed off by nature, i.e., natural selection. The killing off of weaker varieties is thought to have caused a species to continually improve or evolve.

Old Earth Creationism

Old Earth creationism holds that the physical universe was created by God, but that the creation event of Genesis is not to be taken strictly literally.

Presupposition (Presuppositional Apologetic)

Presuppositions are simply beliefs that everyone has that affect how they think, view the world, interpret evidence, and read the Bible. Presuppositional apologetic is a reasoned defense of Christian beliefs based on recognizing our presuppositions.

Progressive Creationism

Progressive creationism holds that species have changed or evolved in a process continuously guided by God, with various ideas as to how the process operated—though it is generally taken that God directly intervened in the natural order at key moments in Earth history, perhaps over millions of years.

Theistic Evolution

Asserts that classical religious teachings about God are compatible with the modern scientific understanding about biological evolution. In short, theistic evolutionists believe that there is a God, that God is the Creator of the material universe and all life within, and that biological evolution is simply a natural process within that creation.

Yom (or day)

Yom is the Hebrew word for day (a literal 24-hour period).

Young Earth Creationism

Young Earth creationism is the belief that the Earth was created by God within the last ten thousand years, literally as described in Genesis within the approximate time frame of biblical genealogies.

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