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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 2 weeks ago

Is a theory of evolution in humans a fact or just a theory?

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  • 2 weeks ago

    Evolution became a scientific theory long ago, and now we have many supporting facts to be able to now say that evolution is a fact.  People need to think and understand that nothing truly remains exactly the same over the years.  Changes die occur, ie people are somewhat different in appearance today than they were perhaps 6,000 years ago.  One thing I know is not factual is the bible.

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    In Science, a theory is something that has been proven but for which you don't have complete evidence or understanding.  Or something that you know is true based on other research but that you have no direct personal proof.

    For example, if you see a lit candle on a table from a few feet away and you say it's hot, that is a theory because you have not touched it.  Once you touch it or get close to it and feel the heat then it's a fact that the candle is hot.  You can't tell the flame is hot from looking at it, you have to touch it or get near it.  

    Or, for example, take the college intern that is working with me.  I know his heart is beating.  I have never heard it beat or felt it but I know for certain he has a heart and it's beating.  But it's still a theory until I would actually hear or feel his heartbeat, then it becomes a fact that he has a heartbeat.

    A theory in science can be just as true as a fact.  But a fact requires proof for each situation.  We know all candle flames are hot but in order for it to be fact, we have to touch EACH candle.  We know every human has a heartbeat but in order for it to be a fact, we have to hear that particular person's heartbeat.

    Evolution has happened over such a long period of time that we cannot directly observe it in most cases.  However, if you look up pepper moth evolution, we can arguably call that specific instance a FACT because it was directly observed to occur by humans due to the Industrial Revolution.

    And in case you are wondering, I am a middle of the road Christian who believes Jesus died for my sins and that God created the Earth and humans, but I believe God initiated evolution.  

    Imagine how much more powerful God is if He can just spark creation through evolution and it continues on and on vs a God that has to individually create every single thing.  

    Source(s): MASTERS DEGREE IN BIOLOGY
  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    Evolution is a theory.    It’s an idea without any proof.   

  • 2 weeks ago

    Both, actually.

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    ALL theories are merely GUESSES with ZERO evidence and ZERO witnesses.

    Essentially they are nothing but pure fantasy

  • 2 weeks ago

    It is just a theory. That is why it is called a theory. It is someone's idea on how to try and explain the creation of this world and the life in it.

  • 2 weeks ago

     fact .....,.All fact..................

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    It's a fact and most of us Christians have no problem with it.  God put it into action.

  • Paul
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    2 weeks ago

    In science, "theory" doesn't have the same meaning as in everyday speech. We say "I have a theory why John is late for dinner", meaning a guess, a possible explanation. In science, a possible explanation for something is called a hypothesis. A hypothesis doesn't get elevated to the status of a scientific theory until it has been thoroughly investigated by many scientists over a long period of time, and has accumulated such a tremendous amount of supporting evidence that it is clearly a fact. So yes, biological evolution is now a scientific theory, supported by literally millions of pieces of evidence - a scientific fact.

  • 2 weeks ago

    Here is what particle physicist Dr Simon Singh said in his book 'Fermat's Last Theorem': "In science a hypothesis is put forward to explain a physical phenomenon. If observations of the phenomenon compare well with the hypothesis, this becomes evidence in favor of it. Furthermore, the hypothesis should not merely describe a known phenomenon, but predict the results of other phenomena. Experiments may be performed to test the predictive power of the hypothesis, and if it continues to be successful then this is even more evidence to back the hypothesis. Eventually the amount of evidence may be overwhelming and the hypothesis becomes accepted as a scientific theory.

    "Scientific theory... is merely considered highly likely based on evidence available. So-called scientific proof relies on observation and perception, both of which are fallible and provide only approximations to the truth... Even the most widely accepted scientific 'proofs' always have a small element of doubt in them."

    That strikes the right balance, does it not? Massive amounts of evidence turn a hypothesis into a scientific theory. Of course, with the theory of evolution, certain points remain uncertain. I'm not aware of it producing any calculations that predicts other phenomena that have later been observed. I have doubts about claims that experiments have proven the truth of all of it, and we all know that ancient artifacts are sometimes shown to be far younger than originally stated, and interpretations about a metatarsal here and a jaw-bone there have often been laughable in the desperation attached to claims about them proving evolution.

    Dr Brian Cox, Royal Society University Research Fellow and professor at the University of Manchester, said on a BBC programe (28/12/2011) that "There are no absolute truths in science." If evolutionists bear that in mind, they might be less touchy at Christians challenging evolution as “total fact”. And if Christians bear in mind Dr. Singh's explanations, they might be less silly with their claims that a scientific theory is unproven. If we could all get beyond arguments over the word 'theory' and just stick to the evidences offered and the gaps that remain, we would all benefit.

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