The research literature reveals religion as a major barrier to the acceptance of the theory of evolution. What exactly causes religious individuals to reject scientific evidence?
After scientists and science enthusiasts spent millions on searching the missing link and pouring thousands of manhours into it, eventually, we have discovered that humans have not evolved from existing ape species. It is just that millions of years ago humans and primates were the same species. There has never been a species that linked humans to existing ape species.
The English biologist discovered the fact that species better adapt to their environment over time by developing, modifying, repurposing, and losing inheritable characteristics. However, Darwin did not understand the mechanism behind how species change. What Darwin did not know was genes and subsequently their mutation.
It is not uncommon to hear the suggestion of replacing the word "theory" with "law" in "evolutionary theory" to prevent confusion among the public. Does an established scientific theory qualify as a scientific law?
We live in a democracy. Should we then teach students evolutionary theory, intelligent design theory, and creationist science and let students pick which one they want?