The Bias Against God, Part 1

Research into the origins of life, indeed the universe itself, is not limited simply to secular investigations. In fact, several organizations have dedicated their efforts to studying the evidence for Biblical creation. It is within the volumes compiled by such institutions, rigorously tested and peer-reviewed, that a wealth of factual evidence for creation is derived. This research has shed new insights into our origins by closely examining cutting-edge fields including cosmology, genetics, and geophysics. You may question why, if the evidence for creation is so compelling, is it not frequently discussed in mainstream circles?

The fact of the matter is that there is an undeniable bias at play against creation science and those who support it. While many creationists have published within secular journals over the years, the chances of their publishing are greatly diminished if the author is a well-known believer or if the article in question is seen as supportive of creation in any way, thus limiting the scope of just what creation researchers can report. Such has been documented time and time again.

One notable example can be seen in the case of Dr. Russell Humphreys. Dr. Humphreys is an accomplished physicist who has worked for the Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico in geophysics, nuclear physics, theoretical atomic physics, pulsed power research, and on their Particle Beam Fusion Project. In addition to this, Dr. Humphreys is a firm creationist and a board member of the Creation Research Society. Since 1968 he has published approximately thirty articles in mainstream journals on a range of non-creation subjects, demonstrating that his research was up to the mainstream’s standards as long as he refrained from attempting to publish articles that supported creation. In 1985, Dr. Humphreys attempted to address the secular community’s bias by writing the journal “Science,” asking if they had “a hidden policy of suppressing creationist letters.” The response was a verification of exactly that, whereby the editor admitted that “It is true that we are not likely to publish letters supporting creationism.”¹

As simple a statement as it was on the part of the journal’s editor, the implications are profound! What it means is that, no matter the evidence, no matter the volume of testable fact, if an article supports creationism, they are not likely to publish it. Though this example only recounts the policy of a single journal, it’s certainly no stretch of the imagination to assume that most secular publications exhibit a similar bias.

A recent incident involving Mr. Mark Armitage echoes the prejudice faced by Dr. Humphreys. Armitage, a noted Christian and young-earth creationist, has for over 30 years led a successful professional life in the field of microscopy, being well-published within his field and managing electron microscopy laboratories at the Institute for Creation Research in San Diego, the Creation Research Center in Arizona, and several others. Until recently, Mark was the Manager of the Electron and Confocal Microscopy Suite in the Biology Department of California State University Northridge.

All the trouble began with Mr. Armitage taking part in an expedition that led to the discovery of a triceratops horn containing soft tissue. On June 12th of 2012, he was approached by his supervisor, who allegedly stormed into the lab saying “We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department!”² In spite of whatever success he had had over his career thus far, the implications of Armitage’s direct involvement with evidence for a young creation was apparently enough to draw the ire of his supervisors. In December of the same year, Mr. Armitage co-authored an article concerning the soft-tissue findings for the journal “Acta Histochemica.”³ Warned shortly afterwards by Department Head of Technical Services, William Krohmer, that his days at CSUN were numbered, Armitage was officially terminated on February 27th, 2013.

Was this an attack on Mr. Armitage’s young-Earth beliefs, his Christian faith? I believe such to be quite obvious. Ultimately though, Armitage was vindicated, receiving in 2016 a settlement for the whole affair.

“The Bias Against God” continues next time…

References:

  1. Gentry, Robert V., “Creation’s Tiny Mystery”, 2nd Edition, Earth Science Association, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1988
  2. “Scientist Sues Calif University for Firing Him After His Dinosaur Discovery Supported Creationism,” Kumar, Anugrah, The Christian Post, July 27th, 2014
  3. “Acta Histochemica” Volume 115, Issue 6, July 2013, Pages 603–608

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