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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Other Words from creationism

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

Examples of creationism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This bill will allow biblical creationism or intelligent design to be taught as a scientific theory in Arkansas classrooms. Arkansas Online, 25 Apr. 2021 The House passed a creationism bill and passed it onto the Senate. Arkansas Online, 11 Apr. 2021 Other bills working their way through the Legislature include one allowing schools to teach creationism and one prohibiting police from enforcing federal gun laws. Andrew Demillo,, 10 Apr. 2021 Other bills working their way through the Legislature include one allowing schools to teach creationism and one prohibiting police from enforcing federal gun laws. Andrew Demillo, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2021 One way to do this is by partnering with organizations such as the National Center for Science Education, founded to fight creationism in the classroom but now working broadly with teachers to increase understanding of the nature of science itself. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 26 Mar. 2021 She was homeschooled with a conservative Christian curriculum, which taught young earth creationism and a white Christian nationalist narrative of history. Stephanie Russell-kraft, The New Republic, 23 Mar. 2021 As much as the scientific community disagrees, creationism is not going away. S. Joshua Swamidass, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021 Arkansas lost a court battle over a 1981 law that required the teaching of creationism in its classrooms, and in recent years conservatives have waged battles over how evolution, climate change and other topics are taught. Andrew Demillo, Star Tribune, 3 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of creationism was in 1880

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1 May 2021

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“Creationism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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