Lets not confine evolve-- evolution to one meaning.
It has many, if the dictionaries are to be believed, from its first use in 1622.
Define your usage. A few variations from the Merriam Webster Collegiate (A lot more in the OED:
- One of a set of prescribed movements
- a process of change in a certain direction. Unfolding.
-The action of a process of continuous change from a lower, simpler, or worse, to a higher more complex or better state.
-A process of gradual and relatively peaceful social, political, economic advance...
-The historical development of a biological group....
- meanings related to phylogeny. Modifications, etc.
I find such discussions fruitless.
Having spent my working life as a research paleontologist-paleoecologist with an oil company laboratory, determining ages of strata and their environment from the changes in the organisms through time, and running up against "belief" from time to time, I will no longer argue whether one particular person's dunghill is better or worse than another's.