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"We do not know how the Creator created, [or] what processes He used, for he used processes which are not now operating anywhere in the natural universe. This is why we refer to creation as special creation. We cannot discover by scientific investigation anything about the creative processes used by the Creator." -- Duane Gish, Evolution? The Fossils Say No!, (1985), p. 42.
Creation is a nonscientific, almost always supernatural, and miraculous hypothesis of how the universe got to be the way it is. Apart from the Raelians, who believe natural agents (extraterrestrials) created the living organisms on our planet, most creationists believe in creation by a supernatural agent - a deity or plural deities. The modern antievolution movement involves, foremostly, monotheistic creationism, by a God described in Scripture, such as the Bible or Qur'an.
The creation of the universe, together with all living things, is usually ex nihilo, from nothing, with the creator existing outside our physical reality, and employing unnatural processes. Therefore, it is not possible to devise a "theory of creation". In contrast to evolution, Creation, as described in the relevant Scriptures, exists in an an immutable form and cannot be modified based on the results of further research or documentation. The universal adoption of Creation, or any other supernatural explanation, in place of methodological naturalism, would have a significant impact on the progress of modern science. Indeed, creationists' primary concerns are that of theology and soul-saving, rather than of the advancement of science.
A further problem with Creation is that it cannot be falsified. This is partially true. For example, it cannot be falsified that the universe was created with the appearance of age, complete with fossil record and history. However, given the character of the Creator (the omnipotent God of the Bible), there are many details about Creation that are seemingly inconsistant. Suboptimal design is a good example, whereby the evidence would force the acceptance of flawed design by an omnipotent Creator (an apparent contradiction). It should be noted, however, that such flaws can remain continuous with scriptural account, by reason of introduced defect in the form of the curse described in Genesis.