The strict definition of baraminology is that it is a method of taxonomy based on Biblical ideas. “baramin” comes from the Hebrew words “bara” and “min” which are the words used for creating after their kind in Genesis. Baraminology reclassifies the world into baramins — originally created kinds. Note that a baramin is not the equivalent with a species. A good first approximation of a baramin is often the “family” level of standard taxonomy. For example, the entire “cat” family (felidae) is considered a baramin. Lions, tigers, and the house cat are thought to be all of the same created kind. Dogs, wolves, and coyotes are all thought to be of another created kind. However, because standard taxonomy neither cares about nor believes in “created kinds”, this approximation is not always reliable. For example, recently chimps and other non-human primates have been moved into family hominidae in the standard taxonomy, but chimps and humans are not from the same created kind.

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