In the United States, scientists are widely esteemed as the determiners of truth. Having a persona of pure objectivity, their determinations, many citizens think, has to be the truth. Many Americans look to scientists as gods, as the ones on high whose revelations will lead us into the Promised Land.
But what happens when scientists lie? Could it be possible that scientists are actually humans and that far too many of them operate on behalf of an agenda that will benefit their receiving government grants or tenured faculty positions?
Emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit in England revealed that scientists who had been at the forefront in pushing for climate change laws and treaties had been altering some of the data to support their beliefs. They alleged that global warming was taking place and had doubtlessly received a good deal of money in government grants for their research, but their exposed emails revealed data had been modified and schemes concocted to influence lawmakers and the public.
The Wall Street Journal reported, “Yet even a partial review of the emails is highly illuminating. In them, scientists appear to urge each other to present a ‘unified’ view on the theory of man-made climate change while discussing the importance of the ‘common cause’; to advise each other on how to smooth over data so as not to compromise the favored hypothesis; to discuss ways to keep opposing views out of leading journals; and to give tips on how to ‘hide the decline’ of temperature in certain inconvenient data.”
Unfortunately, much of the same takes place when the Scriptures contradict closely-held assumptions. Ministers and theologians have sought to modify the sacred text in order to support their agenda. When the data contradict your belief, however, honesty requires a change in belief. When the Scriptures contradict your belief system, honesty requires a change in your doctrine.
Honesty, however, seems to be in short supply. Perhaps a federal bailout in honesty is needed.