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

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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 Many of the schools that receive voucher money are religious schools that teach creationism in high school science classes or promote Protestantism over other beliefs. Annie Martin,, "Florida adds new voucher program, more schools receive public money as participation declines," 4 June 2019 After the Scopes trial, Oregon leaders, ever pragmatic, changed their strategy to campaign to have creationism taught alongside evolution. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 Ayala has been outspoken on the ethical issues related to the study of human evolution, and a prominent spokesperson in the debate between evolution and creationism. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Prominent geneticist out at UC Irvine after harassment finding," 29 June 2018 Teaching creationism The League of Women Voters study took a different approach. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Good test scores but too much Bible: Two views from research on NC school vouchers," 4 June 2018 For Biblical literalists, there’s creationism, which pretends to be science. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Grifters All the Way Down," 31 May 2018 Ben Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon, hews closely to Seventh-day Adventist teachings, which include observing the Sabbath on Saturday and a literal belief in creationism. Matthew Cooper, Newsweek, "How the Presidential Candidates Found Their Faith," 2 Apr. 2015 Opposition to universal civil rights drew on shoddy science, just as fallacious belief in creationism informs some people’s antipathy to public schooling. Alan Levinovitz, Slate Magazine, "Today’s political climate doesn’t require more tolerance. It requires less.," 20 Mar. 2017

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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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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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