Clarification on ‘Theory’

Dear Editor,
In your story about the Intelligent Design/Evolution, you have
the line:

The theory was established in the early 1990s and refutes
evolution…

This is a misuse of the word

theory.
Dear Editor,

In your story about the Intelligent Design/Evolution, you have the line: “The theory was established in the early 1990s and refutes evolution…” This is a misuse of the word “theory.” While there is a Theory of Evolution, there is no Theory of Intelligent Design. A scientific theory is body of evidence which backs up a concept. There is no evidence that stands up to scrutiny for Intelligent Design, so it is, at best, a hypothesis which can never be tested.

Howard Barnett, Austin, Texas

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