"Unfortunately, Benjamin there are a number of evolutionary views and they do not all agree with each other. So who is to say that your view is correct and the opposing evolutionary view is wrong. I was immersed in evolution throughout my years in school and it seemed that every year the new hypothesis was thrust upon us and the old was trashed. Not until I left school and started reading more widely did I realize that not everything that some so called scholar tells me is the truth. You have to seek the truth and sometimes that can be very hard. I wish you all the best for your future, keep an open mind."
My response was as folllows:
Let me first rephrase your quote
“Unfortunately, there are a number of evolutionary views and they do not all agree with each other. So who is to say that your view is correct and the opposing evolutionary view is wrong.”
“Unfortunately there are a number of different religious views and they do not all agree with each other. So who is to say that your view is correct and the opposing religious view is wrong”
Furthermore you must mean fortunately! In science the more we discover, the more correct the theory. When there is disagreement one does more research and when a consensus is formed some ideas are discarded and new directions explored. To quote you “You have to seek the truth and sometimes that can be very hard“. This way the theory becomes closer to the truth all the time. the geocentric model of the solar system was replaced by the heliocentric system in such manner. Some fought that idea at the time but evidence piled up so most astronomers changed their mind in spite of the objection by the church. (Some people even still think the earth is flat, “google” the Flat Earth Society, after all, they say, if you stand out in the field you can "observe" it is flat and that's the truth!). Just because an idea doesn't pan out right away, you don't disregard it, you do more research, that's why archeologists don't stop exploring to come closer to the truth all the time. The problem with religion is that it is regarded to be the ultimate "truth" so there is no need to explore any further. As a matter of fact that has happened in the past when Arab mathematics in the 9th and 10th century (we still use Arab symbols for our numbers) stopped developing because the religious leaders called it the work of the devil. Our western advances in science came nearly to a halt in the dark ages because of religious resistance. Now who needs to keep an open mind?