Scientism Out of Hand: ‘Creatorgate’ and the Sorry State of Science

By Eric Metaxas

The scientific community needs to get a grip on its bias. Thankfully, the Creator gave them wonderfully-designed hands.

In his book, “Darwin’s Doubt,” Dr. Stephen Meyer quotes Chinese paleontologist J. Y. Chen: “In China,” Chen says, “we can criticize Darwin, but not the government; in America, you can criticize the government, but not Darwin.”

A couple of Chinese researchers recently found this out the hard way when they published a paper on the workings of the human hand in the science journal PLOS ONE. Their title was innocuous enough: “Biomechanical Characteristics of Hand Coordination in Grasping Activities of Daily Living.”

But a sentence in the abstract got these authors in a world of trouble: “…the biomechanical characteristic of tendinous connective architecture…” they wrote, “is the proper design by the Creator to perform a multitude of daily tasks in a comfortable way.”

What? The creator mentioned in a scientific journal?

“As a scientist,” protested one PLOS ONE editor, “I feel outraged by the publication of a [manuscript] making explicit reference to creationism.”

This fellow and other staff members and editors—none of whom apparently saw the paper before publication—demanded its immediate retraction, and failing that, threatened to resign. The ominous hashtag “#Creatorgate” popped up on Twitter.

David Klinghoffer at Evolution News and Views remarked that a mob with pitchforks could scarcely rival the reaction…


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