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Old 04-26-2013, 09:19 PM   #2354
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Originally Posted by mr. tegu View Post
By whose definition? Since when is a creationist only someone that believes in a literal interpretation of the bible? To me creationist is just used to describe someone that believes God created the universe. Literal interpreters of the bible are termed young earth creationist.
The Free Dictionary agrees with my definition.

cre·a·tion·ism (kr-sh-nzm)
Belief in the literal interpretation of the account of the creation of the universe and of all living things related in the Bible.
Wikipedia appears to support your argument about different types of creationists.

Creationism is the religious belief that life, the Earth, and the universe are the creation of a supernatural being. As science developed during the 18th century and forward, various views aimed at reconciling science with the Abrahamic creation narrative developed in Western societies.[1] Those holding that species had been created separately (such as Philip Gosse in 1847) were generally called "advocates of creation" but were also called "creationists", as in private correspondence between Charles Darwin and his friends. As the creation–evolution controversy developed over time, the term "anti-evolutionists" became common. In 1929 in the United States, the term "creationism" first became associated with Christian fundamentalists, specifically with their disbelief in human evolution and belief in a young Earth—although this usage was contested by other groups, such as old Earth creationists and evolutionary creationists, who hold different concepts of creation.[2][3][4]

Today, the American Scientific Affiliation recognizes that there are different opinions among creationists on the method of creation, while acknowledging unity on the Abrahamic belief that God "created the universe."[5][6] Since the 1920s, literalist creationism in America has contested scientific theories, such as that of evolution,[7][8][9] which derive from natural observations of the universe and life. Literalist creationists[10] believe that evolution cannot adequately account for the history, diversity, and complexity of life on Earth.[11] Fundamentalist creationists of the Christian faith usually base their belief on a literal reading of the Genesis creation narrative.[10][12] Other religions have different deity-led creation myths,[note 1][13][14][15] while different members of individual faiths vary in their acceptance of scientific findings.

When scientific research produces empirical evidence and theoretical conclusions which contradict a literalist creationist interpretation of scripture, young earth creationists often reject the conclusions of the research[16] or its underlying scientific theories[17] or its methodology.[18] The rejection of scientific findings has sparked political and theological controversy.[7] Two offshoots of creationism—creation science and intelligent design—are pseudoscience.[19] The most notable disputes concern the evolution of living organisms, the idea of common descent, the geological history of the Earth, the formation of the solar system and the origin of the universe.
How about if we agree that while not all creationists believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible, everyone who believes in a literal interpretation of the Bible is a creationist?
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