Creationism vs. science
This page compares the scientific theory of evolution against the various informal theories which hold that the Earth and all life thereon was created as an explicit act ("direct creation"), typically by a supernatural entity who is most commonly stated to be the Christian God.
Most discussions of evolution vs. direct creation essentially amount to criticisms of evolution, with direct creation (interventionist) theories offered as being much more sensible and reasonable by comparison.
Usages of "evolution"
- Evolution is a process which can be observed, over human-scale timeframes (decades or less) in nature. We are not currently aware of any significant controversy over this.
- Disagreement over the origins of life is more of a controversy, as the evolutionary explanation contradicts the more literalistic (or legalistic) interpretations of the Bible. Many branches of Christianity (such as the Mormons) find no contradiction on this point, however.
- Disagreement over the origins of humankind is probably where the corresponding evolutionary explanation is the most controversial, as it contradicts the Biblical creation story on both the above issue (the origins of life) and the creation of humankind.