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J.P. Moreland: How Vapid Scientism Exacts Its Toll

David Klinghoffer

J.P. Moreland

Scientism is the belief that only science can impart reliable knowledge. It rules in our culture — in media and academia — even thoughts its fatal faults are evident on any careful examination. On a new ID the Future episode, host and science historian Michael Keas talks with philosopher J.P. Moreland about the nature of those faults and the costs of allowing scientism to go unchallenged.

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Professor Moreland is the author most recently of Scientism and Secularism: Learning to Respond to a Dangerous Ideology. He explain why “Science cannot function without the history and philosophy of science,” yet “scientists are not educated today to know that.” Meanwhile, vapid scientism exacts its toll:

The culture has become morally relativistic because the major things about religion and politics and ethics can’t be known scientifically. So what scientism has done is funded relativism in culture and blind faith commitments in Christianity. And that isn’t sustaining people when they get out of our youth groups and go to college or go out into the work force and meet thoughtful, intelligent unbelievers.

Of course, I should add that it is not Christians alone of whom this is true. For more with Dr. Keas and Dr. Moreland, see also “J.P. Moreland Schools an Obnoxious Atheist.”

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David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.

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