Are Scientists Part of a Grand Conspiracy to Deny God’s Existence?

As part of a conspiracy series for British television, the BBC took five young earth creationists on a road trip to meet some prominent American scientists, including biologist Jerry Coyne of the University of Chicago and anthropologist Tim White of Berkeley. Were the scientists able to convince the creationists, through appeals to evidence, that evolution is true, or did they merely confirm the creationists’ worst fears about evolutionary scientists (that they’re biased interpreters of the evidence who don’t want God to exist)?

You can guess the answer. Or watch the video. If you don’t have time for the whole thing, the Tim White segment starts around the 42 minute mark. It’s especially telling–and exasperating.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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3 Responses to Are Scientists Part of a Grand Conspiracy to Deny God’s Existence?

  1. The flood wasn’t just about water from above. The Bible mentions the “fountains of the deep.” Thus the pail of water demonstration is meaningless. As a rule, over time, erosion occurs–not a continual build of of sedimentary layers.

  2. Longtooth says:

    There is a conspiracy afoot, but one of literalist biblicalism not science. The more I look at the situation the more convinced I become that the fundamentalist intellectual leadership is quite pointedly aware that evolution is a fact. The problem is that the empirical evidence unearthed by the evolution sciences impeaches the authority of the Bible. That’s an unacceptable consequence for the status and agenda of their brand of religion and for their own status in the cultural hierarchy. Therefore evolution science must be attacked and toppled by whatever means necessary so that knowledge about evolution is wiped from society’s collective intelligence. For them it’s not an issue of truth, it’s an issue of religious authority and power.

    • Santi Tafarella says:


      Your theory is deeply cynical about people’s motivations, and therefore I like it.

      –Santi : )

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