Aye, there have been "conservative" scientists. Even Einstein had issues with where Heisenberg took his own theories!
Rarely is a scientist clinging onto outmoded thoughts though once the evidence is overwhelming. Fred Hoyle died before the big bang reached the point where he would have accepted it, but I digress.
The funny thing isn't how theologians investigate and discuss their subject in abstract, as many do in the same way as musicologists, but how many people covert the superstitious stories of a time when magic was thought to exist, and try to see them as having value in reality as well as in moral messages.
Even sadder, those who should know better but is in their interest to perpetuate myths to the stage of people willing to die for them.
Dunno if petty describes that?