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Creation magazine is the world's leading creationist publication, published by Creation Ministries International in Australia, and with an editorial team comprising Dr Don Batten, Dr David Catchpoole, Dr Jonathan Sarfati, and Dr Tasman Walker.
Creation magazine is a 56-page quarterly periodical (published four times per year) with no paid advertising, and is distributed to over 140 countries. It is available both as a full-colour printed magazine and in a digital edition. Creation was begun by Dr Carl Wieland in 1978 with the name Ex Nihilo. Soon afterwards, it was published by the Creation Science Foundation, and was later renamed Creation Ex Nihilo, then simply Creation. (see History, below.)
Each issue includes reader feedback, a "Focus" section with reports of news items relevant to creation, a four-page children's section, and an interview with a creationary scientist, along with various other articles. The magazine originally included technical articles, but a peer-reviewed journal, now titled the Journal of Creation, was begun to publish these, and Creation is now dedicated to publishing articles at a layman's level.
The magazine is distributed mainly by subscription, but is also available in some Christian bookshops and selected newsagents in Australia. Subscriptions are available from Northwest Creation Network and the various national CMI offices. It was also available from Answers in Genesis until 2005 after which they stopped distributing the magazine (and the Journal of Creation) in America and substituted their own new Answers magazine for the remainder of existing Creation subscriptions.
A Finnish-language print version is also available. This is published less frequently by a Finnish creationist group, Luominen, and includes translations of selected articles from the English-language version.
|Print edition||Digital edition||Both editions|
| Subscription prices|
(As at February 2013)
|Australia (Australian dollars)||$28||$52||$75||$19||$30||$42||$32||$60||$85|
|New Zealand (New Zealand dollars)||$35||$68||$98||$25||$40||$55||$40||$76||$108|
|United States (U.S. dollars)||$25||$48||$68||$19||$30||$42||$30||$58||$78|
|United Kingdom (Pound Sterling)||£14||£27||£39||£10||£18||£25||£17||£33||£48|
|Canada (Canadian dollars)||$29||$55||$78||$19||$35||$45||$34||$65||$88|
|South Africa (Rand)||R160||R300||R420||R120||R190||R290||R190||R360||R495|
|Singapore (Singapore dollars)||$35||$65||$92||$25||$39||$53||$40||$77||$105|
|Other countries (Australian dollars)||$30||$56||$81||$19||$30||$42||$34||$64||$91|
The magazine has varied its title since first being published, and had a short-lived alternative volume numbering.
Typical of volunteer and small publications, in its early years publication was erratic, but it has long since settled down to a regular and reliable schedule.
Digital subscriptions were made available from 2013.
|Ex Nihilo||1978||vol. 1||Two issues (June and October)|
|Ex Nihilo||1979||vol. 2||Four issues (January, April, July, and October)|
|Ex Nihilo||1980||vol. 3||Four issues (February, May, August, and November)|
|Ex Nihilo||1981||vol. 4, Nos. 1 to 3||Three issues (March, June, and October) Vol. 4 No. 2 was the first with a full-colour cover and printed on glossy paper.|
|Ex Nihilo||1982||vol. 4, No. 4 to vol. 5 No. 2||Three issues (March, June, and October)|
|Ex Nihilo||1983||vol. 5, No. 3 to vol. 6 No. 2||Four issues (January, April, July, and November)|
|Ex Nihilo||1984||vol. 6, No. 3 to vol. 7 No. 2||Four issues (Febuary, May, August, and October)|
|Ex Nihilo||1985||vol. 7, No. 3 to vol. 8 No. 1||Three issues (March, June, and November)|
|Creation Ex Nihilo||1986—2001||vol. 7 No. 4 to vol. 23 No. 2||Four issues each year (March, June, September, and December), with each volume starting with the December issue.|
|Creation||2001—2009||vol. 23 No. 3 to vol. 31 No. 4||Four issues each year, as before.|
|Creation||2010—||vol. 32 No. 1—||Four issues each year (January, April, July, and October), with each volume starting with the January issue.|
The cover of the first issue
A page of vol. 2 No. 3 (part of this article)
The first issue with the Creation Ex Nihilo name
For a very short time (no more than the six issues shown below), the magazine was given a dual numbering system, presumably coinciding with expanding distribution of the magazine into the American market.
|Date||Consistent numbering||Alternative numbering|
|October 1982||vol. 5 No. 2 Australian||vol. 1 No. 2 International|
|April 1983||vol. 5 No. 4 Australia||vol. 1 No. 4 International|
|July 1983||—||vol. 2 No. 1 International|
|November 1983||vol. 6 No. 2 Australian||vol. 2 No. 2 International|
|February 1983||vol. 6 No. 3 Australian||vol. 2 No. 3 International|
- ↑ Latin lapse? by Dr Jonathan Sarfati, Creation Ministries International
- ↑ Finnish back issues available (Creation.com)