When Charles Darwin published "The Origin of Species" in 1859, presenting his theory of gradual evolution via natural selection, it was at first ridiculed by scientists but went on to become the standard for evolutionary thought in the scientific community. When people today talk about "The Theory of Evolution" they are most likely refering to Darwin's theory, or one of the more recent variations of evolutionary gradualism. However, in the past 60 years other evolutionary theories have been presented due mainly to the fact that evidence from the fossil record has never supported gradulism as the overriding characteristic of evolution. Natural selection is still widely accepted as the primary determinent of surviving species but the time frames and the events that lead to the necessity of selection vary greatly among the various theories and hypotheses.
The point is, there is no single, universal, widely accepted, theory of evolution. Evolution is a fact of life but "The Theory of Evolution" has broken free of its scientific base and has taken on the characteristics of a myth.
Maybe I'm beating a dead horse here but I am curious about how many would agree with this assessment.