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Since Origin of Species was published, the theory of evolution has been the source of much controversy, especially in religious circles.To this day, a cottage industry that purports to “debunk” evolution exists in the form of books, lectures, videos, and even creation museums.

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Creationism and non-acceptance of Evolution While often laughed off as the realm of hucksters and religious zealots, this industry contains many persuasive writers/debaters and a large portion of the United States continues to deny evolution.While this is not a specifically politically-based phenomenon it is far stronger among Republicans, where non-acceptance appears to be growing.While this might seem harmless and “silly at best” to many, it does have some serious ramifications. This seems contradictory to many people, because in everyday vernacular, the word “theory” is often used in place of words like “hunch” or “inclination.” But in science, the word represents an idea of set of ideas that explains facts or events.According to Evolution Outreach: Acceptance of evolution is essential for the advancement of medicine, agriculture, phenomena that are biological in nature, and other areas of science, such as geoscience (Dobzhansky 1973; Fail 2008; Gould 2002; Mayr 1982)…Low levels of evolution understanding and acceptance may have a negative effect on scientific developments and support for science by society (Miller et al. Evolution is the only theory which can explain the diversity of life and how it came to be.It explains why fossils are arranged in the strata in the very order that they are, and how this correlates to modern fauna—even in terms of geography (for example, the evolution of modern apes is found in Africa, the only continent where apes exist).Creationist arguments are often clever and in line with folk reasoning (which rarely aligns with complicated science).

In many cases, understanding the fallacy behind a creationist claim requires a fairly thorough understanding of a subject.

This is why evolution successfully preys on the less scientifically literate (there exists an entire cottage industry of creationist/apologist books, videos and websites that purports to keep its readers/viewers educated on science).

In fact, evolution far less accepted in the United States than in other advanced western countries.

Evolution explains why organisms have such DNA and anatomical similarities.

Therefore it is a “theory” because it explains these facts, which independently support evolution.

What’s more, is that these factors have the capacity to dispel evolution.