Nature or Creation? Is There a Difference? Nature and creation seem to be roughly synonymous terms. Even agnostics speak about creation without believing in a creator. But there are decisive distinctions between the terms, not so much in reference to faith or agnosticism, but to the presupposition and the consequences of their meaning. «Creation» implies more important and different impulses for ethics than «nature» because its character contains an «event» (Ereignis) as its beginning not a mechanical follow-up of developments.