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Theory, Hypothesis … Or Something Else?

2 Peter 1:16: "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty."

Does the theory of evolution pass the test of being a legitimate theory? Not according to Ph.D. geologist and marine scientist Roger Gallop. In his book Evolution: The Greatest Deception in Modern History, Gallop points out that a theory is "an explanation of a set of related observations based on hypotheses and verified by independent researchers." But, he adds, "evolution – that is, genuine gain in genetic information or net increase in complexity – has never been observed in fossils or living populations."

So if evolution isn't a theory, what is it? A hypothesis? Nope. Dr. Gallop writes, "Evolution is not even worthy of the term hypothesis, which is an educated guess based upon observation."

In that case, what term is appropriate? Since evolution has never been observed or substantiated by empirical science, it would be best to call evolution an assumption. Most scientists accept evolution today because they simply assume it to be true.

And that's not just our position. Listen to what L. Harrison Mathews wrote in his Introduction to Darwin's The Origin of Species: "[Since] biology is in the peculiar position of being a science founded on an unproved theory, is it then a science or a faith?" Mathews then answers the question: "Belief in the theory of evolution is thus exactly parallel to belief in special creation. Both are concepts which believers know to be true but neither, up to the present, has been capable of proof."

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for reminding me that the theory of evolution is not a theory or a hypothesis … and it most certainly is not a fact! In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Notes: Roger G. Gallop, Ph.D., evolution: The Greatest Deception in Modern History, pp. 4-5, (Red Butte Press, 2nd edition, 2014). Photo: Cover of Roger Gallop's book, which was the source of quotes used on today's program.

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