Take a look at this thread that I commented on
I am Gary White.
What do you think?
the universe has always existed. The big bang was basically a phase shift. a different form, but still from the universe.
Only by Faith can a human being ever believe in God. Therefore no Proof is ever given.
His way to believe in god is the same way to believe in any foolishness that people can create...
I read most of the conversation, i admire your patience with those people, because they are so, but SO ignorant and arrogant, that i've got sick just from reading it.
Also, you have used the "its just a theory", maybe you've got it wrong. But a "scientific theory" is an explanation for a phenomena, different then the common use of "theory", which is a hypothesis
I got frustrated reading your link. "they don't call it blind faith for nothing"
It's really, really sad how often the term "theory" gets taken out of context in these types of debates. It's called equivocation, and all you can really do when faced with it is try your damndest to step back and explain that sometimes, one word can mean more than one thing. Like arms, or train. Maybe link 'em to something like this: http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/words-with-more-than-... although that might be taken as demeaning. But if the shoe fits...
Good luck to you! Arguing with them is really quite meaningless after a while. You have some great ideas about arguing with them, but in the end they will either ignore your questions or throw them back at you without an answer. They don't think at all.
Isn't it true that the genetic mutations upon which natural selection depends are, in fact, random. So random mutation does play a pretty crucial part in natural selection, doesn't it? It doesn't seem surprising to me that people who haven't studies the process would pick up on the word "random".
Even with a basic understanding of how evolution by natural selection works, it's pretty mind-blowing. A major problem, I believe, is that people quite naturally find it difficult to grasp the "incomprehensible" time scales both necessary and available for the process. People tend (again, naturally) to think of "a long time ago" as being when they were a kid.
It is, of course, off-pissing that people who DO understand the process choose to propagate the random aspect at the expense of the natural selection aspect.