When someone asks “Do you believe in evolution?” they probably want a short answer, and don’t have the patience to listen to a 15-minute lecture on the different meanings of “evolution” and how you stand on each. So how do you answer this trick question?
Here’s a very short answer that works for me:
Yes, I believe in the evolution of life, and I believe in the evolution of automobiles.
Optionally, to make sure they get the point, you could add “but I don’t believe either could have happened without design.”
It is actually a pretty good analogy, see my April 2,2015 post at ENV, In Biology as in Technology, Similarities Do Not Prove Absence of Intelligent Design