I saw a great bumper sticker the other day that read, “Evolution is only a theory- kind of like gravity.”
People seem to have a predisposition against science. Unlike religion, science encourages doubt. Science is looking for the truth and isn’t afraid to be disproved.
Evolution has only been reinforced with time. I know people who come right out and say they don’t believe in evolution. How can you have an opinion if you refuse to look at the evidence?
When you say you don’t respect an idea because it’s merely a theory you disregard every technological advance we’ve made in the last 200 years. We can not prove the science that gives us flight, TV, MRIs, fission, fusion, transistors, etc. These things are a result of theories. Ideas we have that do their best to explain reality. The ideas come before the inventions. The inventions wouldn’t be possible without theoretical maps.
I remember a piece of graffiti on the bathroom wall of the Broadway Oyster Bar that read, “If the mind were simple enough to understand, we’d be too simple to understand it.”
We don’t have to be afraid of the unknown. It’s human to search. If there is a God why would he condemn us to Hell for reasoning that he doesn’t exist? Thinking is not evil!