Creation vs. Evolution

Creationism and evolutionism can both be considered worldviews, conceptual magnifying glasses through which we view reality. Evolutionism implies that life began on this planet billions of years ago, in a simple form, and over eons of time it became more and more complex. According to creationism, life was created perfect, but sin caused it to degenerate into what we see today. Thus, animal and plant species that exist today are inferior heirs, or at least adaptations, of their ancestors, who were originally created by God.

Here are general differences between the models:

Creationism Evolutionism
Origin of life Perfectly created within the past few thousand years. It occurred rudimentarily, billions of years ago from inorganic matter.
Ancestry Basic types, created “according to their kind,” submitted to a low-level diversification (microevolution). Common ancestors provide origins to all life forms (macroevolution).
Natural selection Promotes limited diversification. Promotes diversification that can lead to big evolutionary changes.
Mutations Generally detrimental, leading to loss of functions. Can promote evolutional changes and “improvements.”
Human beings Have a superior quality to animals because they are created in the image and likeness of God. Are a “rational animal,” as a result of an evolutional process from animals.
Death The result of sin, it is an intruder in the perfect creation. An intrinsic part of life’s history on this planet.
Future Recreation. Growth. Uncertain.

In the end, deep-time macro-evolution—i.e. billions of years of random mutation and natural selection as the sole source of the diversity of life on earth—represents a view of origins completely at odds with the biblical depiction of our creation. In many ways, it is hard to imagine more contradictory models.

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