Originally Posted by Boise_Chief
Well, evolution is a theory. It is also a fact. And facts and theories are different things, not rungs in a hierarchy of increasing certainty. Facts are the world's data. Theories are structures of ideas that explain and interpret facts. Facts do not go away when scientists debate rival theories to explain them. Einstein's theory of gravitation replaced Newton's, but apples did not suspend themselves in mid-air, pending the outcome. And humans evolved from apelike ancestors whether they did so by Darwin's proposed mechanism or by some other, yet to be discovered.
A theory is never a Fact. A theory is a conclusion based on a series of facts. If it were a fact it would never be called a theory.
You all are having a nice pissing match but the absolutes thrown around in here are amazing.
To me a fact is a conclusion that has been proven over and over. Gravity is a theory and a fact. There IS gravity, its just not fully understood. The same can be said for evolution.