Don’t you see? Any branch of science that disagrees with a Creationist is “evolution”. That way they get to claim with a straight face that they don’t oppose science - just “evolution” - and in this case “evolution” means Geology. In other cases it means Astronomy. In other cases it means Physics.
Expanding on that: “Evolution is only a theory.”
When used in non-scientific context, the word theory implies that something is unproven or speculative.
As used in science, however, a theory is an explanation or model based on observation, experimentation, and reasoning, especially one that has been tested and confirmed as a general principle helping to explain and predict natural phenomena.
To be fair the concept of evolution is bigger than biology. We associate it most with Darwin, but it long predates him. It was associated with geology, cosmology, yes, and also heavily with human history.
Anti-evolutionists are really attacking the materialist/mechanist worldview, which is an old enemy of religion, when they go after evolution by name. It is not natural selection, though that’s part of it, but the whole dang picture of nature cut off from God running on cause and effect like an unwinding clock designed by no one. It’s the old, cold Cartesian/Newtonian nightmare.
When they say “evolution” they mean more than they could ever describe, and everything they’ve ever feared. They also sometimes mean Darwinism, which is much harder to define, plus sometimes again actual scientific evolutionary biology. So it’s confusing.
He would have been smart to say, “I don’t know what year, but I believe it was a Wednesday”
Oh, com’on, you just don’t believe what God said in Genesis 1 & 2.