Think, for example, of the late Stephen Hawking and how his fevered pronouncements in his final years were received.
Dawes and Smith say they’re simply describing (as a “matter of fact”) the history of science.
Most of us think of science as the enterprise of seeking truth by formulating hypotheses and testing them against the evidence. This is empirical science.
It’s ironic to find Dietrich Bonhoeffer cited by Dennis Venema.
As Darwin himself said, in a scientific context, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”