Popular skepticism about science

Keith raised an interesting issue in his post about Global warming skepticism:

 An unfortunate consequence of the evolution-creation debates is that evangelicals have become skeptical of science in general. This is ironic given how dependent we moderns (and wannabe pre-moderns) are on science.

There are a few issues here. Firstly, I don’t think skepticism about global warming is limited to evangelicals, as most right-wing groups seem to take a skeptical stance toward this issue. Also, as Dan pointed out, it’s not just anti-market groups who support a non-skeptical stance.

What this seems to signal to me is that skepticism over this issue is not primarily because of religious or laissez-faire ideological motivations, but perhaps I’m wrong.

As well, I’m not sure that evangelicals are “skeptical” towards science in general; it seems to me they are more skeptical on matters that have no (immediate?) practical payoff. Evangelicals are not Amish, they seem to understand that advances have been made in medical, transportation, communication and other forms of technology, and they take those as basically good and helpful things. If there is any skepticism about science, it seems to relate to either the unrepeatable past (evolution), or predictions of a generally highly uncertain future (the weather). There are notably different kinds of scientific activity; in fact, both evolution and global warming predications are really more fields of history than of science, at least by the Modern scientific method. So I’m not sure it’s entirely inconsistent on their part, to be skeptical of the latter kind of science and not the former.