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J.P. Moreland: Comparing Scientific to Moral Knowledge

David Klinghoffer

J.P. Moreland

On a new ID the Future episode, host and science historian Michael Keas wraps up a four-part conversation with philosopher J.P. Moreland about scientism — the belief that only science grants reliable knowledge about reality. 

Download the podcast or listen to it here.

Scientism is ubiquitous and highly destructive. Dr. Moreland calls it “evil,” and explains why it actually stands in conflict with good science, and much else that we consider precious.

Post-Op Conversation with a Nurse

He recounts a memorable story of interacting with a nurse who attended him when he was in the hospital, following an operation to address colon cancer. He demonstrated to the startled nurse, who was curious about what he does for a living, that some moral knowledge, not accessible through the scientific method, is nevertheless more certain than aspects of scientific knowledge. For instance, our current understanding of the electron. 

“I’ve never heard anyone talk that way!” the nurse exclaimed.

Find the previous three installments of this charming conversation between Keas and Moreland here:

Dr. Moreland’s new book is Scientism and Secularism: Learning to Respond to a Dangerous Ideology, while Dr. Keas is the author of Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion, which you can pre-order at a 50 percent discount from the publisher for a limited time only! It’s out on January 7.

By the way, in the podcast they talk about a t-shirt emblazoned with what’s intended as an ironic slogan, STAND UP AGAINST SCIENTISM. You can find it on Amazon here. It’s intended to mock critiques of scientism so, non-ironically, it would make a great holiday gift for your friends who are into intellectual virtue-signaling.

Photo: J.P. Moreland, screen shot from a video promoting Theistic Evolution, via Crossway Books.

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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