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...a that evolution is a theory. Young and Strode explain that although scientists do refer to it as “the theory of evolution”, it has a very different meaning in a scientific context than in layman’s terms: “In science, a theory is a comprehensive body of knowledge, hypotheses, and deductions that explain a broad range of facts. It is often mistaken to be a mere notion, an untested idea, as when someone says, ‘I have a theory about why they lost the game.’” (Young and Strode 2009). Because the definition of a theory has such a distinct difference based on its context, many creationists and members of the general public dismiss the theory of evolution as simply an idea that scientists “believe in”, similar to how creationists believe in their religion as “…a doctrine declared to be authoritative by [the] church or other religious organization” (Young and Strode 2009).
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