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Broadly speaking, creationism is the belief that the universe was created in its current form by an all-powerful God. In a narrower sense, it refers to the taking of creation narratives as true guides to the history of the emergence of life on earth. As such, it is at variance with the evolutionary theory of Darwinism, which argues that species evolved over long periods of time through the mechanism of natural selection and that divergent groups of plants and animals arose from the same ancestors.

Beyond a shared conviction that evolutionism threatens the underpinnings of society by challenging the cardinal doctrine that man was made in the image of God, creationists agree on precious little. Since the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species in ...

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