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

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 Peroutka also ran for president with the Constitution Party in 2004 and donated a $1 million dinosaur skeleton to Kentucky’s Creation Museum, which promotes Biblical creationism over the scientific theory of evolution. Jessica Anderson, Baltimore Sun, 20 July 2022 Even then, the fossil fish struck a popular nerve, arriving on the heels of the case of a trial in Pennsylvania that ruled against teaching creationism as an alternative to evolution in high school biology. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Our Legislature's passing a bill that creationism must be taught in science in school is redundant. Arkansas Online, 10 Apr. 2021 Peroutka also ran a long-shot campaign for president with the Constitution Party in 2004 and donated a $1 million dinosaur skeleton to Kentucky’s Creation Museum, which promotes biblical creationism over the scientific theory of evolution. Pamela Wood,, 2 Feb. 2022 Investigation has already shown many of these schools using texts that teach creationism and an ahistorical view of slavery; would that become the norm in Mandel’s dream nation? Peter Greene, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 At the heart of white evangelical creationism is the mythology of an unbroken white lineage that stretches back to a light-skinned Adam and Eve. Allison Hopper, Scientific American, 5 July 2021 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 See More

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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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24 Jul 2022

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“Creationism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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