I believe the term "special" in "special creation" is simply derived from
the word "species." "Special creation" is the view that God created each
and every extinct and extant species. It does not allow, or did not
originally allow, for microevolution, much less macroevolution.
From: Howard J. Van Till <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Saturday, December 08, 2001 7:02 AM
Subject: What is "special creation"?
>The term "special creation" is familiar to most of us on the list. But I've
>often wondered about the word "special" in this context. In most other
>circumstances, "special" is contrasted to "ordinary." In this case,
>that seems rather odd. Are we to think of two categories of divine creative
>activity, one "special" and the other merely "ordinary"?
>So, the questions for the day are:
>What does the term "special creation" mean?
>From what source or tradition does it derive? Is its source biblical?
>theological? philosophical? scientific?
>When, and in what context did it come into use?
>Howard Van Till
>PS: An interesting and valuable resource for biology teachers is Richard P.
>Aulie's essay, "Intelligent Design, High School Biology, and the Lessons of
>History," on the web at www.scikron.com/SKMag/Vol1No3/art1V1N3.html
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