~Evolution - Creationism - Intelligent Design~


Concept that embodies the theory that existing animals and plants developed by a process of gradual, continuous change from previously existing forms. This theory, also known as descent with modification, constitutes organic evolution. Inorganic evolution, on the other hand, is concerned with the development of the physical universe from unorganized matter. Organic evolution, as opposed to belief in the special creation of each individual species as an immutable form, conceives of life as having had its beginnings in a simple primordial protoplasmic mass (probably originating in the sea) from which, through the long eras of time, arose all subsequent living forms.


(krEA'shuniz"um), 1. the doctrine that matter and all things were created, substantially as they now exist, by an omnipotent Creator, and not gradually evolved or developed. 2. (sometimes cap.) the doctrine that the true story of the creation of the universe is as it is recounted in the Bible, esp. in the first chapter of Genesis. 3. the doctrine that God immediately creates out of nothing a new human soul for each individual born.

Intelligent design:

The theory of intelligent design (ID) holds that life and living things show signs of having been designed. ID's primary argument is that life is too complex to have simply "happened". Advocates of ID believe there is empirical evidence that an Intelligent Designer has been at work in the history of life, and that macroevolution of life, and particularly the evolution of humans, has been guided by that Designer. Members of the "intelligent design movement" are typically Christians (primarily Evangelicals, plus one prominent Unificationist), but ID itself does not specify the identity of the Designer. Much of the controversy over ID stems from the desires of its advocates to get the theory accepted as a scientific hypothesis -- a desire which has consistently been thwarted by the scientific establishment.


Creationism and Evolution: Evidence: by

Talk.Origins Archive: collection of articles and essays that center on the creation/evolution controversy

The Pope accepts Evolution: "new knowledge has led to the recognition of the theory of evolution as more than a hypothesis." - Pope John Paul II

Study of scientist's religious and spiritual beliefs: "Today the higher the educational attainment, or the higher the scores earned on intelligence or achievement tests, the less likely are individuals to be Christians."

God and the Brain section by the Atheist Empire- is belief a psychological condition?



"Creationists make it sound like a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night."
- Isaac Asimov (more in Great Minds)