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Dismissing evolution as "only a theory" is, at the simplest level, a misunderstanding of the meaning of "theory" in science. But, in the current controversy, discounting evolution as "only a theory" is more than a semantic debate. It’s a political statement at the heart of the attack upon teaching evolution in science classrooms in America.
Science is a powerful tool for understanding the natural world, and has a dominant role in modern economics and culture. Scientific theories are at the heart of the enterprise. In the science classroom, children should learn about major scientific theories such as gravitation and evolution.
Science is a way of knowing, but not the only way of knowing. There are things that science does not address. For example, music, art, emotion, and religious beliefs are all outside the domain of what science can address. I find it unfortunate that the controversy over the theory of evolution continues as science offers all humans a way to know about the natural world and how it works.
Originally posted by Seapeople
It is not a theory when it is observed behavior.
In fact, you cannot possibly debate evolution by itself. You can even be religious and believe evolution. (Unless you are a Bible-literalist. i.e. 7 days was all it took to create Earth.) Evolution is not heresy. Evolution is not something that goes against your God. Evolution is much friendlier than many believe.