In Theory

Evolution is "only" a theory in the same sense that gravity is only a theory. Both seek to explain observable phenomena, and both have been shown to be incomplete. That does not mean that evolution and gravity do not exist, for they are both directly observable (Creationists and IDers do conceed that evolution occurs and is observable; they simply declare an arbitrary and undefined barrier between "microevolution" and "macroevolution"); or that evolution and/or gravity are unscientific, and does not mean that "intelligent design" (ID) is a plausible alternative to evolutionary theory.

To be accepted as a plausible scientific alternative to evolution, ID must show itself as explaining (in a scientific manner) everything the accepted theory does and possibly more. ID fails miserably here. It does not really explain anything -- anything not fully understood can be glossed over as god -- sorry; "the intelligent designer" -- did it. This is not scientific, and the arguement from personal incredulity ("life is far too complex for me to believe that it could spontaneously arise from non-living material") is logically and fatally flawed.

I can't help but think

...of that Futurama episode where Bender meets "God" God's message to Bender was "When you do things right, people won't be sure you did anything at all."

At the risk of getting my philosophy from a television show, I've always thought God kind of worked in this way. Big Bang, setup your variables the way you want, and off it goes. You check back in every couple billion years or so and see what's happening.

I really don't see why everyone gets bent out of shape about this so much, when it's clear (to me at least) that these two theories can be resolved. Is it really so hard to believe that God could create evolution if he wanted to? OK so it doesn't jive with Genesis, and I suppose that's where the religious get hung up, but the Bible is full of parables. Couldn't it be that the story of Creation is a parable as well, designed more to teach us about where we come from, not how we came to be. After all, the key lesson of Genesis is the "Created in Gods Image" thing. Meaning, of course, that we don't look like God, but that we have the spark of the divine in us, giving us the ability to reason, think, feel, and love.

Whether we evolved from a monkey or God carved us out of clay by hand personally, I think the message should be the same: We're special. We're God's chosen. He saw everything in creation, and put us above it all in his favor, higher than even the angels in his service. Arguing amongst ourselves about how we were created is, I think, missing the point entirely.