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Intolerance in science

February 2018 | by Geoff Chapman

Well known evolutionist Professor Richard Dawkins once stated: ‘One thing all real scientists agree upon is the fact of evolution itself. It is a fact that we are cousins of gorillas, kangaroos, starfish and bacteria. Evolution is as much a fact as the heat of the sun’ (Natural History, November 2005).

Following the evidence

He is quite mistaken. Thousands of real scientists around the world either reject evolution or have serious questions about it. However, those who dare to express this publicly often face ridicule or verbal abuse, and in some cases the loss of jobs and careers. There is a high degree of intolerance towards those who dare to express any doubts about the standard evolutionary story.

Dr Gunter Bechly, a distinguished German palaeontologist who specialised in fossil dragonflies, was curator of Germany’s Natural History Museum in Stuttgart. He recently declared that he had abandoned his previous commitment to Darwinism and has become convinced, by the evidence, that life is the result of intelligent design.

He wrote: ‘I am sceptical of the Neo-Darwinian theory of macroevolution and support Intelligent Design theory, for purely scientific reasons’(gbechly.jimdo.com).

The reaction of Dr Bechly’s former colleagues was swift and harsh. Backstabbing gossip gave way to open hostility. He was relieved of his post as museum curator, dismissed as scientific head of a major exhibition he had conceived and designed, and all references to him were deleted from the museum’s website.

The online encyclopedia Wikipedia also removed an article about Dr Bechly and his scientific work.

Impeccable qualifications

Dr Guillermo Gonzalez was an astrophysicist and assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University. He had impeccable qualifications, but in 2007 was told that he would not be granted tenure or promotion to associate professor.

There is little doubt that this was due to the fact that he had announced that he is a Darwin sceptic and that his Christianity has helped him understand Earth’s position in the universe. Dr Gonzalez co-authored The privileged planet, later made into a documentary film.

Creationist Dr Raymond Damadian invented the MRI scanner, which has saved the lives of countless people. However, when the 2003 Nobel Prize for Medicine went to the breakthrough field of diagnostic MRI scanning, it was shared by two other scientists, but not Dr Damadian.

Even committed evolutionist Dr Michael Ruse complained: ‘I cringe at the thought that Raymond Damadian was refused his just honour because of his religious beliefs’ (Metanexus Online Journal, 16 March 2004). There are numerous other examples of intolerance towards real scientists who don’t accept evolution.

‘Undesirable in science’

A 1959 comment by Professor W. R. Thompson is very relevant: ‘This situation, where scientific men rally to the defence of a doctrine they are unable to define, much less demonstrate with scientific rigour, attempting to maintain its credit with the public by the suppression of criticisms and the elimination of difficulties, is abnormal and undesirable in science’ (Preface to 100th anniversary, Everyman’s Library edition of Darwin’s Origin of Species).

Of course, the real reason has nothing to do with science, but with the implications of evolution not being true — which would mean facing the fact that there is a Creator God to whom they must give account. However, they ignore the evidence that has been ‘clearly seen’ ‘since the creation of the world’ (Romans 1:20).

Geoff Chapman

This article first appeared in Creation Update (No.107) and is used here by kind permission.