Scientism and Secularism: Learning to Respond to a Dangerous Ideology
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Rigid adherence to scientism—as opposed to a healthy respect for science—is all too prevalent in our world today. Rather than leading to a deeper understanding of our universe, this worldview actually undermines real science and marginalizes morality and religion.
In this book, celebrated philosopher J. P. Moreland exposes the selfdefeating nature of scientism and equips us to recognize scientism’s harmful presence in different aspects of culture, emboldening our witness to biblical Christianity and arming us with strategies for the integration of faith and science—the only feasible path to genuine knowledge.
“Science is a wonderfully useful discipline, but in recent times it has been distorted into scientism, the view that science is the ultimate path to truth in any area of reality. Based on that false adulation of science, many have denied the value of religion and philosophy, and many have rejected the claims of divine revelation in the Bible.
J. P. Moreland is a respected Christian thinker who has studied both science and the Scriptures in considerable depth. He clearly demonstrates the fallacies of the arguments for scientism. He shows how Christians can defend their faith against scientistic objections, while affirming genuine science as a gift from God.”
John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
“The greatest barrier to communicating a Christian message in our day is the fact/value split. It decrees that truth is to be found only in the fact realm, while relegating morality and theology to the realm of values, which it defines as subjective, private, personal preferences. The result is that when Christian speak, people do not even ‘hear’ them making objective truth claims.
That’s why this book by J. P. Moreland is so important. Moreland challenges the fact/value split, showing that it rests on the untenable assumption of scientism. Then he makes a persuasive case that fields like philosophy, morality, and theology yield genuine knowledge.”
Table of Contents:
Tables and Illustrations
Foreword by Dan Egeler
1. The (Scientistic) Air We Breathe
2. Why Scientism Matters
3. How Scientism Changed the Universities
4. Scientism Is Self-Refuting
5. Scientism Is the Enemy of Science
6. Why Weak Scientism Is No Better Than Strong Scientism
7. The Availability of Nonscientific Knowledge
8. When Science Exceeds Its Reach: A Case Study
9. Scientism and First Philosophy
10. Examples of the Authority and Autonomy Theses
11. How Do We Explain Things?
12. Five Things Science Cannot In Principle Explain (But Theism Can)
13. Methodological Naturalism, Theistic Evolution, and Intelligent Design
14. The Importance of Integrating Christianity and Science
15. A Plan for the Integration of Christianity and Science
One Final Plea