cre·​a·​tion·​ism | \ krē-ˈā-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce creationism (audio) \

Definition of creationism

: a doctrine or theory holding that matter, the various forms of life, and the world were created by God out of nothing and usually in the way described in Genesis Once again, science and religion collided last week. This time the battleground was the U.S. Supreme Court, where the Justices decreed that a Louisiana law requiring that creationism be taught along with evolution in the public schools was unconstitutional.— Alain L. Sanders

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creationist \ krē-​ˈā-​shə-​nist How to pronounce creationist (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of creationism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Late-night hosts have also derided groups that, for example, cite a single discredited study to blame autism on vaccines, or push for teaching creationism in public schools despite the mountain of evidence for evolution. National Geographic, "Flower Farm," 13 May 2020 Popp and Cotton said evolution, creationism and intelligent design should all be allowed in the science curriculum. Alia Malik,, "Multiple candidates vying in State Board of Education district representing San Antonio," 9 Feb. 2020 This is the second time under Bolsonaro that a nominee’s views on creationism have become an issue. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "Brazil’s pick of a creationist to lead its higher education agency rattles scientists," 26 Jan. 2020 The appointment of a creationism advocate to lead the agency that oversees Brazil’s graduate study programs has scientists here concerned—yet again—about the encroachment of religion on science and education policy. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "Brazil’s pick of a creationist to lead its higher education agency rattles scientists," 26 Jan. 2020 Over the years, the outspoken Johanson has clashed with others about science, funds, creationism and more. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Donald Johanson, famous finder of Lucy’s fossils, returns to Cleveland Museum of Natural History," 24 Oct. 2019 Answers in Genesis is dedicated to promoting young-Earth creationism, which holds that the Earth was created in six days, several thousand years ago. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "Mark Meadows and the Undisclosed Dinosaur Property," 1 Oct. 2019 Its founder sent a letter about FSM as a way to argue against teaching creationism in biology classes, the Homer News has reported. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pastafarian pastor leads prayer at Alaska government meeting," 18 Sep. 2019 Although Senate Enrolled Act 373 originally would have allowed schools to require the teaching of creationism, the final version signed into law allows students to earn elective credit for religious studies. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "What you should know about these Indiana laws going into effect July 1," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of creationism

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for creationism

creation + -ism

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22 May 2020

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“Creationism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of creationism

: the belief that God created all things out of nothing as described in the Bible and that therefore the theory of evolution is incorrect

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