Originally Posted by Andrew0017
I believe in God and evolution. It's very ignorant to say that evolution didn't occur. There's proof of it all around us.
I concur, and will drive this statement home by saying that evolution is an observable process. Take, for example, the evolution of a new species of mosquito in the London Underground over its history
. It isn't just ignorant to say evolution isn't real, it's idiotic.
Evolution is a fact. It is an undisputed fact that organisms evolve over time. However, the explanation of how this process occurs is theory (scientific
theory), here defined as:
...a scientific theory comprises a collection of concepts, including abstractions of observable phenomena expressed as quantifiable properties, together with rules (called scientific laws) that express relationships between observations of such concepts. A scientific theory is constructed to conform to available empirical data about such observations, and is put forth as a principle or body of principles for explaining a class of phenomena.
Therefore, scientific theory is the set of rules and observations that support a "fact". Evolutionary theory is the collection of research and observations that "backs up" evolution, the fact.