Evolution as a process
Evolution - scientific vs. public perspectives

Scientists see evolution as a process with associated methods. The methods involve developing and testing evolutionary hypotheses. Most recently the methods involve DNA sequence comparisons which confirm evolution in often dramatic ways.

Science is confined to the natural world. Scientists assume that natural processes have natural explanations, but don't necessarily assume that the intellectual world is restricted to nature.

The scientific community has accepted evolution as process and methods for at least 140 years. Only another process which is experimentally confirmed and more productive than evolution can replace it.

Creation makes no testable predictions. Searches of professional literature show it to be scientifically sterile.


The nonscientific public often sees evolution as a conclusion. In some cases the conclusion contradicts accepted beliefs. To eliminate contradiction, evolution is rejected by rationalizing and apologetics. Apologetics begin with a conclusion and collect information to support that conclusion. Since this involves only propositional logic, not testing of hypotheses, it is scientifically unacceptable.

Religiously oriented people often chafe at the assumption that natural processes explain the natural world. While supernatural explanations cannot be disproved, they're clearly beyond the bounds of science.

Creationism, in its several forms, is culturally acceptable and readily supported by apologetics. Internet searches show it to be alive and well in popular culture.