As we’ve seen before, creationists — and especially the Discovery Institute — use certain words interchangeably when it suits them: evolutionist, Darwinist, naturalist, humanist, atheist, and perhaps a few others. Lately they’ve been ranting about “scientism” — see, e.g., this one about Discoveroid “fellow” J.P. Moreland and his book on “Bankrupt Scientism”: Yet Another New Discoveroid Book, and see also Beware the Folly of Scientism.
Today at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog we find Scientism is Wrong; Is It Evil, Too?, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Scientism, the belief that only science can provide knowledge worth having, is emphatically not the same thing as science. In fact there there’s every good reason for someone who cares about science to reject scientism. The idea is puerile, arrogant, and blind to most of the chief qualities that make human life of profound, precious value. It’s a mark of philistinism, vulgarity, and ignorance.
Klinghoffer is thinking about you, dear reader. Then he asks:
But is it evil? At The Stream [a website friendly to Discoveroids], Tom Gilson reviews philosopher and CSC Fellow J.P. Moreland’s very provocative new book, Scientism and Secularism.
Moreland again. Klinghoffer quotes a lot from that website. Here’s a bit of it:
Scientism pits faith against reason, religion against science, as if a person has to choose one or the other. It’s a “dark, hideous, and I dare say, evil” notion, says Moreland, defining it as “roughly, the idea that the hard sciences alone have the intellectual authority to give us knowledge of reality.” That leaves everything else, including moral and spiritual truth, “based on private emotions, blind faith or cultural upbringing.” This view of knowledge pervades everything around us. We live in an expert-driven culture, and “expert” always means scientific expert.
And those scientific experts are all Darwinists. He quotes some more:
But it’s worse than that. Moreland goes so far as to call it evil. [Gasp!] Note carefully that the problem isn’t science. Moreland started out as a scientist himself, and retains his love for it. But there’s all kinds of harm in the scientistic attitude that science is our only source of knowledge. For one thing, it rules out knowing much of the most important truths of the world: that morality is real, for example. By seeking to explain everything in terms of physics and chemistry, scientism reduces human beings to something a lot less than the morally significant persons we are.
Scientists are inherently evil! Okay, enough of those quotes. Klinghoffer continues:
Granted, scientism can aid and abet evil. Its tendency to do so is predictable. In its blindness it harms and humiliates.
You are harming and humiliating creationists, dear reader. And now we come to the end:
When held by a great number of people in positions of authority, it no doubt reflects civilizational decline. [Oh no!] Perhaps having said all of the foregoing justifies call it evil. I am curious to hear what you think.
Klinghoffer wants to know what you think, dear reader. So tell him.
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