What the guys said?

Ron Akers

Theory is not the antonym of fact.. it is not irrelevant musings that should be ignored in the pursuit of knowledge. It is indeed a necessary process in producing knowledge".

Bernard Cohen

Scientific knowledge is theoretical knowledge and the purposes of methods in science is to enable us to choose among alternative theories".

R.P. Cuzzort

Curiously enough, theories enable us to see by preventing us from being blinded by the infinitude of experience".

Kubrin et al.

a systematic way of stating our ideas on the how and why of social phenomena

Akers and Sellers

a theory is a set of interconnect statements or propositions that explain how two or more events are related to one another