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Creationism is the belief that humanity, life, the Earth, and the universe were created in their entirety by a supernatural deity or deities (typically God), whose existence is presupposed. Biblical creationism is the belief in literal interpretations of the Book of Genesis. The term strict creationism is sometimes used to avoid confusion with the more general concept of creation held by those whose faith accommodates theistic evolution. Creation in this context refers to the specific supernatural act of creation.

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A depiction of Ask and Embla from a type of Norse creation myth.
A creation myth or creation story is a narrative that presents an account of how the world began and how people first came to inhabit it. Creation myths have symbolic meanings, develop in oral traditions and are the most common form of myth, found throughout human culture. In the society in which it is told, a creation myth is usually regarded as conveying profound truths, although not necessarily in a historical or literal sense. They are commonly, although not always, considered cosmogonical myths—that is they describe the ordering of the cosmos from a state of chaos or amorphousness. They often are considered sacred accounts and can be found in nearly all known religious traditions.

Several features are found in all creation myths. They are all stories with a plot and characters who are either deities, human-like figures, or animals, who often speak and transform easily. They are often set in a dim and nonspecific past, what historian of religion Mircea Eliade termed in illo tempore (at that time). Also, all creation myths speak to deeply meaningful questions held by the society that shares them, revealing of their central worldview and the framework for the self-identity of the culture and individual in a universal context.

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Adnan Oktar
Adnan Oktar (born 1956), also known as Harun Yahya, is an author and Islamic creationist. In 2007, he sent thousands of unsolicited copies of his book, Atlas of Creation, which advocates Islamic creationism, to American scientists, members of Congress, and science museums. Oktar runs two organizations of which he is also the Honorary President: Bilim Araştırma Vakfı ("Science Research Foundation", BAV, established 1990), which promotes creationism and Milli Değerleri Koruma Vakfı ("Foundation to Protect National Values", established 1995) which claimed to promote Turkish nationalism.

In the last two decades, Oktar has been involved in a number of legal cases, both as defendant and plaintiff.

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General Creationism | Creation myth | History of Creationism | Creation according to Genesis | Allegorical interpretations of Genesis
Creation Ussher chronology | Adam and Eve | Omphalos hypothesis | Mosaic authorship of the Genesis | Documentary hypothesis | Creation myth | Great Flood | Confusion of tongues | Tower of Babel | Noah  | Anthropic principle  | Baraminology  | Flood geology
Types of creationism Creation science | Intelligent design | Islamic creationism | Modern geocentrism | Neo-Creationism | Omphalos creationism | Old Earth creationism | Progressive creationism | Young Earth creationism 
Controversy Creation-evolution controversy | Creation and evolution in public education | Related articles | Teach the Controversy | Kansas evolution hearings  | Edwards v. Aguillard  | Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District
Bible Christianity | Exegesis | Genealogy | Great Flood | Jesus Christ | Judaism | Nephilim | Noah's ark | Biblical inerrancy | Original Sin | Theology | Tower of Babel 

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Patheos (blog)

Patheos (blog)
Sat, 30 Jan 2016 06:38:54 -0800

Mythicists often object to the comparison between mythicism and creationism, pointing out that the conclusions of the natural sciences are much more certain than those of historians. That is true – but it is not an argument in favor of mythicism. On ...

Patheos (blog)

Patheos (blog)
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:15:40 -0800

This passage from Wheaton's creed is packed with buzzwords and coded language borrowed from the lexicon of evolution-denying young-Earth creationism. Among many evangelicals, to say that God “directly created Adam and Eve” is actually a coded ...

The New Civil Rights Movement

The New Civil Rights Movement
Mon, 11 Jan 2016 11:36:45 -0800

Young Earth creationist and Christian fundamentalist Ken Ham is poised to benefit from a Republican-sponsored bill in Kentucky that would delay the start of the school year so more tourists can visit his Creation museum and his Noah's Ark museum, Ark ...

Patheos (blog)

Patheos (blog)
Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:04:44 -0800

In matters that are obscure and far beyond our vision, even in such as we may find treated in Holy Scripture, different Interpretations are sometimes possible without prejudice to the faith we have received. In such a case, we should not rush in ...

Discovery Institute

Discovery Institute
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 03:15:00 -0800

SB 1322 would, if enacted, in effect encourage science teachers with idiosyncratic opinions to teach anything they pleased -- proponents of creationism and climate change denial are the usual intended beneficiaries of such bills -- and discourage ...

Slate Magazine (blog)

Slate Magazine (blog)
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:38:46 -0800

Oklahoma! Where there's “plenty of air and plenty of room”—and plenty of determination, even in 2016, to get evolution out of the classroom. Just witness the tireless efforts of state Sen. Josh Brecheen, who every year since being elected in 2010 has ...

Daily Beast

Daily Beast
Sun, 27 Dec 2015 21:11:07 -0800

Creationism Whistleblower: 'Academic Freedom' Is Sneak Attack on Evolution. The 'intelligent design' push in public classrooms failed a decade ago, but since then Darwin's haters have returned with a new strategy disguised as science. When a public ...


Sat, 06 Feb 2016 16:40:19 -0800

Furious campaigning in New Hampshire in the run-up to the primary resulted in a litany of absurdities from the right-wing conserv-o-verse this week. Republican candidates and Fox newsians had a great deal of trouble with the fact that President Obama ...

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