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Creationist’s Toolbox #2 – Evolution is only a theory

Posted by Brandon | Filed under Creationist's Toolbox

If you are an advocate of creationism you may have argued, as to try and discredit evolution, that “Evolution is only a theory.” Unfortunately, what you are implying reveals a dire misunderstanding of the word ‘theory’.

Let me illuminate by showing you a few definitions of the word:

1) the analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another
2) abstract thought : speculation

If you are using the second definition, the colloquial sense, then you are not understanding it’s definition from the perspective of science. Here’s another definition that might shed some light on the matter:

5) a plausible or scientifically acceptable general principle or body of principles offered to explain phenomena

What you are implying is that the theory of evolution is a hypothesis (“a tentative assumption made in order to draw out and test its logical or empirical consequences”). So if scientists referred to evolution as The hypothesis of evolution, there would be a point to be had.

I’ll put this a little more plainly as to avoid anymore confusion on the matter. The theory of evolution and evolution itself are two completely different principles of thought. Evolution, the fact that all living things develop genetic mutations whereupon natural selection favors certain traits in accordance to the population’s ecosystem is under no debate. The fact that we have a common ancestor with chimpanzee’s is, as well, under no debate. The theory of evolution and the specifics of how these facts relate to each other will undoubtedly change and advance as this natural phenomenon is studied further and refined by the scientific method. The fact that all creatures evolve will never be disputed. It is akin to denying gravity, or that the earth revolves around the sun.

To put it even more plainly, a theory is a set of observable facts (you drop an apple, it falls to the ground) that form a coherent and testable understanding of how these facts relate to each other. So when you say that “evolution is only a theory” you’re really not saying anything and only proving to your opponent that you have no understanding of the meaning. Hopefully this cleared that up and you will avoid this common pitfall I have witnessed in far too many debates.

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