I know I've been slacking lately on my blog posts but I've been dealing with my typical post topics in the real-life arena. I am going to school for evolutionary biology but I still come under fire from my peers when it comes to religion and science. Many people in the science field feel that religion and science are compatible. My stance is they are actually incompatible because religion tries to nullify scientific truths.
There is the fact of Evolution and then the Theory of Evolution.
The Fact of evolution is that the properties of populations of organisms or groups of such populations change over the course of generations through heredity. This strictly deals with a population and not an individual. It also does not mean the one species changes into another but merely we see a change in gene frequency over time. When the frequency changes enough and in greater numbers of genes we get a new species.
The theory of evolution is the explanation of how this change occurs.
Most people don't know the difference between a common-speech theory and a scientific theory.
Common-Speech Theory: an educated guess
Scientific Theory: an explanation for a law or fact with substantiated evidence put through peer review and scrutinized.
It's important to know the difference! Try to educate others on this so they know what we mean when we refer to evolutionary theory.
Another tip when speaking to people about evolution is don't say you "believe" in evolution but rather to accept it. believing puts it on the same grounds as believing in god. Evolution is not a faith issue, there is substantial evidence to ratify it.
REMEMBER: It's a war between reason and superstition. Choose your side and educate yourself and others.