George Kerkut: "...there is the theory that all living forms in the world have arisen from a single source which itself came from an inorganic form. This theory can be called 'The General Theory of Evolution'."
George Gaylor Simpson: [Evolution] "is a fully natural process, inherent in the physical properties of the universe, by which life arouse in the first place and by which all living things, past or present, have since developped, divergently and progressively."
While proponents of abiogenesis naturally include it into their views of evolution biological evolution and abiogenesis remain logically distinct ideas. In any kind of applicable or useful context using "evolution" as an umbrella term for a global worldview is misleading and basically just non-smart. As an aside, both these quotes are from 1960.
Textbooks are notoriously "general" in their approach to trying to provide an overview of the sciences. Again, in any kind of meaningful discussion such defnitions aren't applicable. . .and like my signature says: Observation without application is useless.Wynn & Wiggins: "Aristotle believed that decaying material could be transformed by the "spontaneous action of Nature" into living animals. His hypothesis was ultimately rejected, but... Aristotle's hypothesis has been replaced by another spontaneous generation hypothesis, one that requires billions of years to go from the molecules of the universe to cells, and then, via random mutation/natural selection, from cells to the variety of organisms living today. This version, which postulates chance happenings eventually leading to the phenomenon of life, is biology's Theory of Evolution".