Got To Be Kidding wrote:Many claim that evolution is established fact, when we have yet to discover the mechanism that drives evolutionary processes.
Chris wrote:We do indeed know the mechanisms that drive evolutionary processes. They include mutation and natural selection. No faith is involved: it's based on a convergence of reams evidence from disparate fields.
Got To Be Kidding wrote:See? Faith in action!
Chris wrote:You've got to be kidding.
Or do you really think evidence is faith?
purewater wrote:But evidence and proof aren't the same thing, right? So, by acting on evidence, there's still an element of faith (trust) involved. I'm talking in general terms, not specifically related to evolutionary theory or anything.
That's correct, purewater! Evidence is used to try to prove fact. Sometimes the evidence is relevant, other times it is not. Sometimes the evidence is has probitive value, other times it does not. Personally, I believe the evidence supports a conclusion that evolution is how we got to where we are now. But, we could be interpreting the evidence wrongly. Its possible. Unless, like the Pope, scientists are infallible!