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What is Creation Theory?

Nicole Madison
Updated May 16, 2024
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Since the beginning of time, humans have questioned their existence and many different theories concerning the physical world have been popularized. One such theory is the creation theory. It asserts that humans, as well as the rest of the natural world, were created by one or more supernatural beings or gods. For instance, Genesis, a book of the Bible, is one such theory, telling the story of God creating the world and the first humans in seven days. It is important to understand that Biblical creationism is not the only theory of creation, however; humans do have other theories regarding the creation of life by a supreme being.

Different types of creationism can be found under this heading. One type is young Earth creationism, asserting that only 10,000 years or less have passed since God created the Earth. Young Earth creationism takes Biblical creationism literally and opposes scientific forms of dating the Earth, such as radiometric dating. It also opposes evolutionary concepts; however, it does not negate such concepts as natural selection or mutation.

The Omphalos hypothesis theorizes that God created the Earth in its mature form. This hypothesis asserts that scientific evidence used to date the Earth, such as growth rings on trees, is unreliable. Those who believe this state that growth rings and other presumed evidence of the Earth’s age were placed here by God at the time of creation.

Old Earth creation theory asserts that God did create the universe, but includes the idea that Genesis is not a literal description of its creation. This branch of creationism accepts scientific dating of the Earth and the physical universe, but questions evolution theory. It can be separated into three different categories: gap, day age, and progressive creationism. Each category accepts God as the creator of the physical universe, but supports different views concerning the processes involved in creating the world as we know it.

Though creation theory is often discussed in terms of the Hebrew or Christian Bible, other religions have their own ideas about creationism. For example, the Vedas, the oldest texts of Hinduism, assert that living beings are part of a cycle of creation and destruction that began millions of years ago. Based on this theory, the existence of humans and the rest of the physical world is eternal. Hinduism does not support the concept of evolution, as Hindus believe humans have been unchanged since the beginning of time.

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Nicole Madison
By Nicole Madison , Writer
Nicole Madison's love for learning inspires her work as a WiseGeek writer, where she focuses on topics like homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. Her passion for knowledge is evident in the well-researched and informative articles she authors. As a mother of four, Nicole balances work with quality family time activities such as reading, camping, and beach trips.

Discussion Comments

By anon1003493 — On Jul 04, 2020

Adam was probably something like nine feet tall, he was not entirely a white man, and the picture is only borderline soft porn. All Man's genetic damage began after the fall -- is this that event? and we are to suppose Eve fell at the base of what looks as though it could be a spotted gum? (Australian tree used for lumber.) The ants here take advantage of such swoonings.

Genesis states the worlds were made in six days, simultaneous with stating they were made in a day. Exactly the same Hebrew word.

It also states that all simple (=plant grade) life was living and in the earth, day 3, before it became tangible; all complex life excluding in some vital sense, Man, was created on the fifth day, yet much of it did not get to be formed in such a way as to become tangible until the 6th; and this revelation of life was a process in which God 'let' the earth or waters bring it forth. Literal Genesis.

Modern science fills in the blanks and suddenly the Origins Debate is all over. As Galileo said, "Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe."

The mathematics is beginning to give the picture. Quantum mathematics, the mathematics which speaks the same language as atoms. The technical language of Creation.

By anon990303 — On Apr 15, 2015

Every time someone has sex they are demonstrating both the theory of evolution and the theory of creation. It shouldn't take a mensa to understand that, but sometimes I think this planet is populated by dodos.

By anon329417 — On Apr 09, 2013

Anyone even remotely familiar with the scientific method wouldn't put the words creation and theory together. Creation hypothesis would be a bit more accurate.

By anon323926 — On Mar 07, 2013

Excellent work here. Leans to neither side and states what we know and some of the different theories in plain language. Thank you. ~ A Renegade Time Lord

By anon284717 — On Aug 11, 2012

I appreciate your explanation. Very objective and not leaning on any side. As such, it means we are still not 100 percent certain how we came to be here on earth and that disturbs me a lot.

I hope you and others will be interested to establish the truth someday, or at least eliminate some of them --J. Lerrato

By anon103298 — On Aug 11, 2010

what is the earliest historical date of human activity on earth?

By anon83721 — On May 12, 2010

i get it now! thanks! i am a geek!

By anon82967 — On May 08, 2010

now i understand the story of creation thanks to this website.

By anon71756 — On Mar 19, 2010

Go wise Geek! Thank you.

By anon56613 — On Dec 16, 2009

Great! I needed help with my essay! reading this article just gave me all the information i needed!

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