To the best of your understanding, and in your own words, please explain what “evolution” means.
Evolution is the change in biological life over time to adapt to changing environments and competition. The pressures of competition and environment result in changes in a life form that are improvements and eventually results in new species. The changes themselves are very small and randomly generated in DNA coding errors, but natural selection ensures that only the beneficial changes generally get passed on into future generations. Branching can produce parallel paths that result in different species in the same families. Many branches die out. Evolution applies to all life, plant, microbial, mammals, birds, reptiles...
If you accept the theory of evolution, please explain in your own words why; or if you do not accept the theory of evolution, please explain in your own words why not.
I do accept the theory of evolution. I accept it because it explains to me the diversity of life currently and throughout history. It explains the dangers we face with disease and antibiotics, it explains where we are in biology and is beginning to help explain how and why we think, where our morals come from and give us a clue on how to coexist.