Stolen from an actual conversation on Facebook between "J" an Intelligent Design proponent who thinkings evolutionary theory is not to be believed and some fellow believers in woo....
J: Why is it that young-earth creationist papers (published in creationist journals and peer-reviewed by other creationists) generally quite explicitly start off by assuming what they're trying to prove?
K: Confirmation bias.
J: Many of the young-earth papers don't even try to hide the fact that they're assuming their conclusion from the outset. It's bad methodology for one thing. But YECists seem to think that it's a virtue...
L (to J): You are correct. Unfortunately, pointing out the bad methodology doesn't help. By definition, non-YEC propositions are by default considered capitulation to a worldview hostile to theism (Christianity in particular). And no matter how many times you deny it, you won't convince them otherwise.
K: I wouldn't dismiss their quest too quick. Just like evolutionary thought has motivated some scientists to try to find an alternative to a Creator and in their quest they stumbled upon some interesting findings ( a classical example is Watson and Click's DNA helix discovery; they wanted so badly to dismiss God...) so young-earthers questioning has led to some debate about fossils, and even some startling findings about the implausibility of fossils forming in the sea floor.
The same pattern is happening in Biblical studies. Those 19th and 20th century scholars who wanted so badly to discredit the Bible and and so came up with all kinds of form-criticism and myth theories, have thus paved the road for the current textual-criticism scholarship, which is poised to debunk it all because the former arguments are simply exhausted.
Hanging round believers, I am struck time and again by the utter alternative version of reality they hold inside their heads.
Textual Criticism supporting the bible??
The Discovery of the structure of DNA was solely to disprove God? (WTF??)
The implausibility of fossils???
But kudos must go to J for trying to distinguish himself from the godly creation types while doing EXACTLY THE SAME THING by a different name.
Putting the "dis" into ingenuity