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  • In the United States, creationism is generally associated with Christianity.

  • But the belief actually appears in a number of other faiths.

  • So, what exactly is creationism?

  • Well, in a broad sense, a Creationist is a person who believes that God is the absolute

  • creator of the universe and all life, and, as such, can choose to intervene as needed.

  • There are many types of Creationists, but in Christianity, they generally come in three

  • forms.

  • Some areOld Earth Creationists’, who believe that while the universe was created

  • by God, the process of this creation should be not be taken literally.

  • Under this pretext, Old Earth creationists believe that the Universe is, in fact, billions

  • of years old, while the theory of evolution is questionable.

  • By comparison, ‘Young Earth creationistsargue that God created the earth within the

  • last 10 thousand years, as described in Genesis, with the intention of it appearing much older.

  • Old and Young Earth Creationism are collectively known asliteralist creationism’, and

  • their adherents are infamous for disregarding scientific theories like evolution.

  • A 2014 Gallup poll suggested that 42 percent of Americans subscribe to these beliefs.

  • The third, slightly less common type is Neo Creationism, which is the belief that mainstream

  • science is actually a reflection of God’s work.

  • However, while they believe that life evolves, they subscribe this the work of anintelligent

  • designeror all-knowing deity, rather than natural selection.

  • For decades, neo-creationists have distanced themselves from literal creationists-  selling

  • the idea that creationism should exist harmoniously with science, politics and education.

  • Creationist, and even neo-creationist ideas are also found in Islam.

  • Although the Quran does not have its own Book of Genesis, it does have a comparatively vague

  • account of creation, which has been interpreted in a number of ways.

  • Some Muslims believe that modern science and evolutionary theory coincide with Quranic

  • teachings.

  • While others believe that evolution and Islam cannot coexist.

  • ThisIslamic Creationistmovement has grown in recent years, and is especially prevalent

  • in Turkey, where, according to a 2008 poll, just a quarter of population believe in evolution.

  • The story of creation is also a subject of debate in the Jewish community.

  • Some Jews, particularly the ultra-orthodox, implicitly accept creationism, and have gone

  • as far as banning Jewish books that support evolutionary theory.

  • However, although Jews adhere to the book of Genesis, many reject the Biblical account

  • of creation, arguing that it is an ancient document that should not be taken literally,

  • and that a universe created in six days is implausible.

  • In fact, a 2016 Pew Poll suggested that more than half of Israeli Jews believe in evolution.

  • The same could be said for many Christians and Muslims, who believe that the religious

  • account of creation and the science of evolution are both morally permissible theories for

  • the origins of the universe.

  • And, with the rise of neo-creationism and similar movements, we may one day see a world

  • where religion and science can coexist peacefully.

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