The first theory about the origin of man is called creationism. Creationism is taking the literal meaning of the Bible. This theory is supported throughout the world by many religions. Creationism is the theory that God created the universe and its inhabitants in six days. Because creation occurred long ago, the length of a day is undefined. In the language of Hebrew, a day could have been twelve hours, twenty-four hours, or an epoch. If the length was an epoch, creation could stretch back over billions of years (Stencil 759). The information to support creationism comes from the Bible. The Bible is not considered a science book, but many consider it to be scientifically correct. Currently, there is no scientific evidence that proves the Bible to be incorrect. Genesis, the first book of the Bible, contains the information about creation. Genesis 1 describes the physical events of creation. Genesis 2 describes the creation of human and other details. The creation process can be broken down into steps. First, God created the physical universe; this included space, tie, matter, energy, galaxies, starts planets, etc. The earth’s atmosphere transformed from opaque to translucent. The water cycle was then created. God then established the continents and oceans and put plant life on the continents. Next, the Brewer 2
earth’s atmosphere transformed from translucent to transparent; the sun, moon, and stars become visible. God then created small sea animals and later sea mammals. Next, He created birds. Afterward, He created land mammals; these were both wild and domesticated. The creation of mankind was the final step. The first two humans God put on the earth were Adam and Eve. In creationism, all humans are direct descendants from Adam and Eve. Creationism has yet to be proven wrong by scientific evidence (“Creation versus Evolution”).
A creationist is someone who supports creationism. They believe in a God who is the absolute creator of both heaven and earth. They were created out of nothing and by an act of free will. They believe that God is constantly involved in his creation. He is also ready to intervene at any time that he feels is necessary. Creationists include Christians, Muslims and Jews. Because creationism means the direct taking of the Bible, creationists take the Bible as a true guide to the history of life. Creationists believe that God put Adam on the earth first. He then created Eve. They also believe that there was a world-wide flood after the initial creation. Some creationists believe the universe was created less than 10,000 years ago (Stencil 759). Creationists feel that evolution goes against the Bible. They also feel that supporting the theory of evolution is sacrilegious (“Creationism”). It is impossible to prove that God does not exist. Creationists believe that God can only be known as He wills to be known. As part of their religion, creationists support the theory of creationism (Morris).
The second theory about the origin of man is known as evolution. Evolution refers to the cumulative changes that occur in a population over time. The changes are produced at a less drastic...