Beliefs about creation and their effects

People around the world believe in a ‘creation’ of some sort, and can be broadly categorised into two groups.1 Some would say that the universe was created (creationists) by an intelligent agent of some kind, and others that the universe created itself (materialistic evolutionists) and are atheists (from a-“without” theos-“god”). These two views are of course in complete opposition to one another. (Some try to blend the two views, see below).

 

Creationist stories from around the world

Whether examining the North or South American ‘Indian’ creation myths, the Australian aboriginal BIAMI Legends, China’s creation stories of the Miao people or New Zealand’s Maori people, or the Bible’s account, accounts of creation abound. Creation by a supernatural creator seems to be a natural way of thinking for most people as they ponder their origins.

These creation stories have many common elements, and typically speak of an original paradise, a fall from grace introducing corruption into the world, a global judgment by a flood etc. The obvious design in nature could lead various people groups to believe in a generic “creator”, however such similar accounts are hard to explain by chance and more obviously point to a shared history not long ago.

Studies have shown that children naturally see the world as “designed”, rather than having evolved (not because of religious training, contrary to the view that vocal atheist Richard Dawkins has long argued.)2

Rather, it is usually through the intense indoctrination in a state run school system (where often no other view other than evolution is offered/allowed) that youth start believing everything just made itself and that this belief equates with “science”. (Many of course never realize that empirical science can only test things in the present, not the past, making the question of origins in the past beyond the scope of anyone to prove using scientific experiment.)….

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