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How did life begin? Perhaps no other question has stirred more speculation and ignited
more debate. Yet, the controversy is not simply over evolution versus creation;


How life began is not what evolution covers, so I don't see how you can say that there is any controversy there. Evolution covers the origin of species, as derived from the earliest of life forms. The branch of science covering the beginnings of life is called abiogenesis.

Such conflicting testimony raises questions as to the credibility of the evolution theory.

Perhaps you don't understand much about scientific thinking. A scientist is trained to doubt; if everything were just accepted as fact, the there would be no need for further research. No proper scientist claims to have the ultimate undeniable truth about any subject; what they claim may be that their theory seems to fit the observed data better than other theories.
Scientific theory is not a static subject. Every day, more knowledge is added, which adds to the understanding of what is observed. Sometimes this results in a theory being discredited; happens all the time. Other times, it results in a theory being revised, or bits and pieces being found invalid. That does not invalidate the overall theory; in fact many times it reinforces it.

As for different witnesses having conflicting reports being a reason for discounting a subject - this argument can be used to discount most of Christian belief. After all, the four gospels don't agree totally. Even where they do, there are different interpretations. If agreement is needed for something to be valid, why are there so many denominations and sects within the Christian church? Why are there so many translations of the Bible?
Please note that I am not arguing that this evidence invalidates the Bible; instead I am arguing that conflicting evidence is not reason to discard an idea.

David
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