Evolution is something coming from something else over however much time you can imagine. So, logically, what did it evolve from?
Evolutionary Theory in the most precise definition of the modern synthesis used by evolutionists, is "change in allele frequencies over time through natural selection".
I notice Conservapedia article on Evolution cites a Merriam-Webster definition, "a theory that the various types of animals and plants have their origin in other preexisting types and that the distinguishable differences are due to modifications in successive generations."
But when I looked up the Merriam-Webster dictionary, and I noticed the author of the article has selected a specific definition of "evolution" from the dictionary; as it relates to phylogeny
. So, the article is wrong, in so far as describing the Theory of Evolution specifically is those terms, even though it does relate to evolutionary theory indirectly.
Conservapedia also states in the Phylogeny article, "[Phylogenetics] the science of phylogeny, is one part of the larger field of systematics, which also includes taxonomy. Taxonomy is the science of naming and classifying the diversity of organisms.
As far as I can tell, Conservapedia accepts Phylogenetics as a field, but dismisses Evolutionists contributions to it. I have no problem with that.
But what I question is Conservapedia's use of phylogeny to define the Theory of Evolution in a way, not even evolutionists would agree with.
So, if you want to hold your definition of evolution as indicative of the theory, I won't stop you. But I do feel someone needed to point out to you, that if you want to discuss "evolution" in any way relevant to the ramblings of Evolutionists, then I suggest you use their definition, since it is their Theory of Evolution you are objecting too. That way you'll avoid being accused of making a strawman argument against evolutionist science.