Generic Answer: Learn What A Scientific Theory Is!

#atheist #atheism #evolution

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Sooner or later, some devil-dodger is going to try to evade the inevitable problem that biology has demolished the foundations of their faith, by the fatuous ‘but evolution is just a theory' line.

Rather than making the creationist look clever, this line simply confirms what we in the scientific community know. You’re an ignoramus who thinks your calculated stupidity is actually clever. Your inability to distinguish a scientific theory from a conjecture, isn’t a valid basis for an argument.

This is the reality:

  • A scientific theory is …a scheme or system of ideas or statements held as an explanation or account for a group of facts or phenomena; a hypothesis that has been confirmed by observation or experiment, and is propounded or accepted as accounting for known facts on which it depends; a statement of what are held to be the general laws, principles or causes of something known or observed.* In other words, in science, theories have the highest standing. They’re not based on guess work.
  • Evolution is a scientific fact. That is, it is …a hypothesis which has been confirmed by so many observations or experiments that the probability of it being false is negligible, and which has a higher probability for being true than a rival hypothesis.* In other words evolution is a fact (and a theory) because we’ve seen it occurring. And it’s been validated by evidence from many other diverse fields.

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* Definitions from the Oxford English Dictionary.

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