Before Darwin Stasis Versus Change

Some think of the creationism/evolution controversy as "God did it" versus "natural processes did it," but that is a false dichotomy. As discussed in chapter 3, many religious people conceive of creation as the result of God working through natural processes. Historically, a more accurate distinction between creationism and evolution focuses on what happened rather than who done it. Special creationists view nature as largely static after the events of the Creation, whereas those who accept evolution view the universe as having a history: the present universe, the planet Earth, and the living things on it are different from the universe, Earth, and life of the past: change through time has taken place. However, the two models of stasis and change are not relegated to the current creationism/evolution controversy: they have deep historical roots.

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