"An act of special creation"
God creating the animals and Adam and Eve on the Sixth Day (1860)
Public DomainGod creating the animals and Adam and Eve on the Sixth Day (1860) - Credit: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld

In Creationism, special creation is a theological doctrine which states that every species was individually created by God in the form in which it exists today and is incapable of undergoing any change. Adhering to a literal interpretation of the account of creation in the Book of Genesis, special creation was the generally accepted theory of life’s origins from the 16th century until the middle of the 19th century, when it was supplanted by Darwinism.