Since the beginning of time, humans have questioned their existence and many different theories concerning the physical world have been popularized. One such theory is the creation theory. It asserts that humans, as well as the rest of the natural world, were created by one or more supernatural beings or gods. For instance, Genesis, a book of the Bible, is one creation theory, telling the story of God creating the world and the first humans in seven days. However, it is important to understand that Biblical creationism is not the only creation theory; humans do have other theories regarding the creation of life by a supreme being.
Under the heading of creation theory exists different types of creationism. One type is young Earth creationism, asserting that only 10,000 years or less have passed since God created the Earth. Young Earth creation theory takes Biblical creationism literally and opposes scientific forms of dating the earth, such as radiometric dating. Young Earth creationism also opposes evolutionary concepts; however, it does not negate such concepts as natural selection or mutation.
The Omphalos hypothesis theorizes that God created the Earth in its mature form. This hypothesis asserts that scientific evidence used to date the Earth, such as growth rings on trees, is unreliable. Those who believe in this form of creation theory state that growth rings and other presumed evidence of the Earth’s age were placed here by God at the time of creation.