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Evolution versus Religion

It seems to me that a lot of people believe that both evolution and religion are both valid theories. Unfortunately, that is not true. Only one of them is actually a theory.

A theory is an analysis or logical conclusion based on a set of data or facts in relation to each other. Keep in mind that since science is not perfect, new facts can be found at any time that can expand existing facts. Furthermore, new facts can be found at any time that can conflict with existing facts, thus each fact would need to be re-evaluated as correct or not. Either way, a theory may need to be revised at any time because of new data. As a result, a theory can be ever changing yet still be fundamentally always correct.

Likewise, there is an enormous amount of data supporting evolution. Furthermore, the body of evidence that supports evolution is literally growing at an exponential rate too. Therefore, as the definition of a theory implies, evolution is a theory. On the other hand, there is no evidence to support religion, or at least there is no evidence that can be scientifically investigated. Therefore, religion is NOT a theory. Specifically, religion is not a scientific theory.

I think the problem is that a lot of people think that a theory is equivalent to an idea or hypothesis. However, an idea or hypothesis is not necessarily based on facts, data, or logical deductions. As a result, religion is only an idea or hypothesis, and religion is NOT a theory.

by Phil for Humanity
on 09/10/2008

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