Creation or Evolution?

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How was the earth created? This is a question that has puzzled humans for ages. There are two

main theories that explain how the earth was formed. These are the theories of evolution and creation. The

creation theory is divided into various groups. The most accepted creation theory is the one of the biblical

creationists. Biblical creation and evolution are very different, and both have indicators as to their


In evolution life is seen as having resulted by natural processes only. The theory suggests that in

the past there were extended intervals of stability which ended with a mass extinction and the sudden

appearance of a new species. This process occured without the intervention of supernatural forces or

dieties. Nearly all modern scientists who are not Evangelical Christians believe in evolution.

Biblical creationists are also called literal creationists, because they interpret the two Genesis

accounts of creation in the Bible literally and believe that the Bible is without error.

They believe that the

"day" mentioned in Genesis 1 signifies a normal 24 hour day. According to this creation the universe was

established in six days. Biblical creationists interpret most sedimentary rocks as products of Noah's flood.

The majority believes that the earth is under 10,000 years of age. Some believe 4004 BC was the year of


The person who proposed the methods by which natural processes cause the evolution of the

species was Charles Darwin. He used natural selection to explain how evolution worked. Darwin's old

teacher said evolution would "brutalize" us as human beings and sink us "into a lower grade of

degradation" than any time in recorded history. He was partially correct. The fact that many people think

they evolved from monkeys has made morale in the world lower. However, to say that it has...