- the doctrine that matter and all things were created, substantially as they now exist, by an omnipotent Creator, and not gradually evolved or developed.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) the doctrine that the true story of the creation of the universe is as it is recounted in the Bible, especially in the first chapter of Genesis.
- the doctrine that God immediately creates out of nothing a new human soul for each individual born.
Origin of creationism
Examples from the Web for creationism
In July 1925, the town hosted the Scopes Monkey Trial, a landmark case in the history of creationism.The Scopes Monkey Trial 2.0: It’s Not About the Stupid Science-Deniers
July 21, 2014
Intelligent design (ID) and creationism lack this broad-based evidentiary support.How Liberty University Creates Creationists
Karl W. Giberson
March 2, 2014
European scholars find American creationism incomprehensible.Ken Ham: The Making of An American Religious Huckster
Karl W. Giberson
February 9, 2014
There are currently two bills being debated in the Missouri legislature on creationism.Could Creationism Become Law?
February 6, 2014
Simply put, thanks to the existence of antagonists like Nye, creationism is both profitable and, by all appearances, kind of fun.The Bill Nye-Ken Ham Debate Was a Nightmare for Science
February 5, 2014
- the belief that God brings individual human souls into existence at conception or birthCompare traducianism
- the doctrine that ascribes the origins of all things to God's acts of creation rather than to evolution
Word Origin and History for creationism
1847, originally a Christian theological position that God immediately created a soul for each person born; from creation + -ism. As a name for the religious reaction to Darwin, opposed to evolution, it is attested from 1880.
James Ussher (1581-1656), Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland, and Vice-Chancellor of Trinity College in Dublin was highly regarded in his day as a churchman and as a scholar. Of his many works, his treatise on chronology has proved the most durable. Based on an intricate correlation of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean histories and Holy writ, it was incorporated into an authorized version of the Bible printed in 1701, and thus came to be regarded with almost as much unquestioning reverence as the Bible itself. Having established the first day of creation as Sunday 23 October 4004 B.C. ... Ussher calculated the dates of other biblical events, concluding, for example, that Adam and Eve were driven from Paradise on Monday 10 November 4004 BC, and that the ark touched down on Mt Ararat on 5 May 1491 BC "on a Wednesday". [Craig, G.Y., and E.J. Jones, "A Geological Miscellany," Princeton University Press, 1982.]