We have heard of many who are experiencing a crisis of faith as people wrestle with the place of God and faith in their lives; but there is another crisis of faith that is happening as well. Many are wondering how much we can trust science and the articles published in our scientific journals. We have witnessed a number of tragic situations in which articles has been retracted because the results were not reproducible, often as someone did not pay enough attention to the statistical significance of their data. We have seen situations in which the pressure to produce papers (the publish or perish mentality) have led some to falsify data to get a publication. It is also difficult to get papers published for work that does not support a reigning theory and so some information never makes it to the public sphere.
Tom Siegfried in a recent editorial in Science News says,
. . . publishing papers requires playing the games refereed by journal editors. “Journal editors attempt to judge which papers will have the greatest impact and interest and consequently those with the most surprising, controversial, or novel results,” Reinhart points out. “This is a recipe for truth inflation.”
Scientific publishing is therefore riddled with wrongness. It’s almost a miracle that so much truth actually does, eventually, leak out of this process.
 Science is heroic, with a tragic (statistical) flaw – Tom Siegfried, Science News, July 2, 2015;