Are most scientists coldly objective and above bias? There is a sociology of science – there is peer pressure among academics and a push towards conformity. Scientists are people too. If you deny evolution there will be consequences. This is evidenced in the film Expelled (Ben Stein) and the book Slaughter of the Dissidents by Jerry Bergman.
A few evolutionists admit to the lack of solid evidence for molecule-to-man transformation (such as gaps in the fossil record), but many hold to Darwinism with religious zeal. Darwin doubters have been compared to those who deny the earth goes around the sun. Consider Richard Dawkins recent tweet: “I said I’d never despise individuals, just their views. But there are limits, and YE [Young Earth] Creationists who refuse to look at evidence pass mine.” Rather than respond to signs of design, Dawkins throws out venom.
Confirmed evolutionists are quick to interpret new discoveries under the rubric of their favored view of origins. Remember Archaeoraptor, the feathered dinosaur that later turned out to be a hoax? Establishment scholars often ignore counter arguments and enigmas that conflict with their worldview. The fossil footprints that Mary Leakey found in Tanzania are clearly human. This fact is denied because the beds are dated at 3.7 million years old.
Carl Sagan (d. 1996) was one of the most popular science communicators of the 20th century. Sagan erroneously thought the Bible taught a flat earth (cf. Is. 40:22, Lk. 17:31,34).1 He also thought the only evidence for a real historical Jesus was the Gospels and Josephus (which he questioned).2 With such an anti-Christian bias, could Sagan give a fair account of origins? In contrast, N.T. Wright stated, “… the evidenced for Jesus is so massive that, as a historian, I want to say we have got almost as much good evidence for Jesus as for anyone in the ancient world. … It is quite clear that in fact Jesus is a very, very well documented character of real history.”3 Bias is real.
“Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Cor. 1:20, NIV)
1) The Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan (Penguin, New York, 2006), p. 226.
2) Ibid., p. 237.
3) quoted in There is a God by Antony Flew (HarperCollins, NYC, NY, 2007), pp. 187, 188.