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Scientism and Secularism by J.P. Moreland is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until December 21, 2018, through our partnership with Crossway.
Have you ever had a discussion with someone who claimed that science is the only way to know truth? It’s not a difficult conversation to find. You can find one at any college or university, or perhaps the local Starbucks. But, more and more, it’s not just a position of intellectual elites. It’s increasingly the common sense default view of most people.
Viewpoint - Acceptance - Task - View - Reality
Because of this viewpoint’s pervasive acceptance, it is not an easy task to explain why that view of reality doesn’t hold together. In Scientism and Secularism, J. P. Moreland explains that this view of reality, called scientism, is “the view that the hard sciences alone have the intellectual authority to give us knowledge of reality.” This is clearly something beyond just loving science and scientific knowledge. Rather, this is claiming that science, and particularly the hard sciences (sorry psychology!) are the final arbiter of truth.
Christians need to grow in both the knowledge that science can provide us about God’s world, as well as the reasons why science isn’t the only path to knowledge.
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Unfortunately, as Moreland points out, this is actually a philosophical and not scientific claim. As such, its merits are verified by the tools of philosophy rather than science. In other words, we can’t use scientific methods to verify the claim that science is the only intellectual authority to give us knowledge of reality.
In this book, I will provide you with reasons why scientism is harming our children, destroying the church, and undermining our ability to get a fair hearing for the gospel. But let me be clear about something that by now should be obvious: My problem is not with science properly practiced....
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