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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 26 2002,10:25   

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Clearing up confusion requires a careful and consistent use of terms.  In this book, "creation science" refers to young-earth, six-day special creation.  "Creationism" means belief in creation in a more general sense.  Persons who believe that the earth is billions of years old, and the simple forms of life evolved gradually to become more complex forms including humans, are "creationists" if they believe that a supernatural Creator not only initiated this process but in some meaningful sense controls it in furtherance of a purpose.  As we shall see, "evolution" (in contemporary usage) excludes not just creation-science but creationism in the broad sense.  By "Darwinism" I mean fully naturalistic evolution, involving chance mechanisms guided by natural selection.

(Source: Phillip E. Johnson, Darwin on Trial (2nd ed.), Intervarsity Press, p.4 (footnote).)


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Edited by Wesley R. Elsberry on Sep. 26 2002,16:56

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 26 2002,18:25   

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Clearing up confusion requires a careful and consistent use of terms.  In this book, "creation science" refers to young-earth, six-day special creation.  "Creationism" means belief in creation in a more general sense.  Persons who believe that the earth is billions of years old, and the simple forms of life evolved gradually to become more complex forms including humans, are "creationists" if they believe that a supernatural Creator not only initiated this process but in some meaningful sense controls it in furtherance of a purpose.  As we shall see, "evolution" (in contemporary usage) excludes not just creation-science but creationism in the broad sense.  By "Darwinism" I mean fully naturalistic evolution, involving chance mechanisms guided by natural selection.

(Source: Phillip E. Johnson, Darwin on Trial (2nd ed.), Intervarsity Press, p.4 (footnote).)


[Fixed typo.]

It's nice to have an authoritative, canonical source to justify our use of the term "creationist" from now on.

It is rather interesting that by Johnson's definition, only Young Earth Creationists are practicing "creation science", which leaves one wondering what Old Earth Creationists and IDists are doing.

   
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