A constitutional democracy is in serious trouble if its citizenry does not have a certain degree of education and civic virtue.
So one reason the science educators panic at the first sign of public rebellion is that they fear exposure of the implicit religious content in what they are teaching.
Truth as such is not a particularly important concept in naturalistic philosophy.
As a theist I believe that God exists and that God creates.
Although I insist that God has always had the power to intervene directly in nature to create new forms, I am willing to be per-suaded that He chose not to do so and instead employed secondary natural causes like random mutation and natural selection.
The problem with allowing God a role in the history of life is not that science would cease, but rather that scientists would have to acknowledge the existence of something important which is outside the boundaries of natural science.
All the most prominent Darwinists proclaim naturalistic philosophy when they think it safe to do so.
In short, it is not that evolutionary naturalists have been less brazen than the scientific creationists in holding science hostage, but rather that they have been infinitely more effective in getting away with it.
The assumption that nature is all there is, and that nature has been governed by the same rules at all times and places, makes it possible for natural science to be confident that it can explain such things as how life began.
Modernism is typically defined as the condition that begins when people realize God is truly dead, and we are therefore on our own.