Word of the Week Wednesday: Creatio de Novo

by Max Andrews

The Word of the Week is: Creatio de Novo

Definition:  Latin for creation [or created] afresh.

More about the term:  Progressive creationism sees the creative work of God as a combination of a series of de novo creative acts and an immanent or processive operation.  God at several points, rather widely separated in time, created de novo.  On these occasions he did not make use of previously existing life, simply modifying it.  While he might have brought into being something quite similar to an already existing creation, there were a number of changes and the product of his work was a completely new creature.  Notice that this is completely compatible with common descent evolution and intelligent design.  This isn’t Darwinism but it may be accurate to say that creatio de novo is a categorically acceptable position for theistic evolutionists.  God takes preexisting forms and adds information to that form to have a creation de novo.

For more on this please see Millard Erickson’s Christian Theology ed 2; Hugh Ross’ A Matter of Days; and Fuz Rana’s Who Was Adam?


2 Comments to “Word of the Week Wednesday: Creatio de Novo”

  1. “God did not make use of previously existing life, simply modifying it!”
    To not use something invalidates a claim to modify it. As I understand the the logic something canot be ‘A’ and non ‘A’

    On a different note can you please supply the biblical reference to the claim, “God at several points, rather widely separated in time, created de novo.”?

    If there is no biblical reference then to claim that something hapened is to use some other superior source of information to correct the biblical record.

    John

    • I’m not sure what you mean by the first part of your question.

      Ps. 104 depicts God’s progressive creation account.

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