It would seem that the creationists are the new mechanists.
Before it was the mechanistic materialists to whom everything in the universe was just a machine and all of us nothing but cogs in great mechanism of material causes. But this has been abandoned with the advances in science, with energy rather than matter becoming the substance of everything and quantum physics establishing that imagined hidden variables (causes) simply do not exist. Thus the atheists have turned to naturalism instead, simply assuming that the scientific view is the only reality and natural law the only reason for things we can expect.
Yet the creationists, insisting on their antiquated watchmaker conception of God, continue to insist on a the universe and everything in it as a great machine all put together by the great divine maker of tools for His purpose alone, who would never suffer so much loss of control over anything as to allow living things to decide what they will become for themselves. They want us all to be cogs in their big religion machine grinding out freedom of thought and stamping out robots to march according to their cultist ordinances.
Thankfully there is another alternative. We can reject both the naturalist reduction of reality to science alone AND the creationist reduction of reality to machines and tools of a controlling designer alone. So instead of pushing either science or religion to exclusion of the other, making science into an imitation of religion or making religion into an imitation of science, we can embrace both of them by keeping them focused on the things they do best.