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Evaluating Warfare Myths about Science and Christianity and How These Myths Promote Scientism

Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science, Biola University, La Mirada, CA 90639, USA
Academic Editors: Joel Green and John A. Bloom
Religions 2021, 12(2), 132; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12020132
Received: 7 January 2021 / Revised: 27 January 2021 / Accepted: 30 January 2021 / Published: 20 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Christianity and Science: Fresh Perspectives)
Many people assume that there has been ceaseless conflict between science and Christianity. I argue that the real conflict has been between scientism and religion. Scientism is the view that only the sciences generate knowledge or rational belief. Scientism, as typically articulated, entails the opinion that reliable belief about divinity (theological realism) is impossible. I debunk four historic science–Christianity conflict myths and show how they have promoted scientism. These four science–religion myths function as part of a larger warfare narrative about science and Christianity. This misleading warfare thesis often comes packaged with an alternative anti-theistic “myth” in the anthropological sense—in this case, a worldview-shaping narrative that awakens the imagination to interpret the world in scientistic and non-theistic ways. I call this the scientistic warfare myth and explore its major flaws. View Full-Text
Keywords: scientism; science and religion; myth; Christianity; medieval; spiritual atheism; theoretical virtues; early modern scientism; science and religion; myth; Christianity; medieval; spiritual atheism; theoretical virtues; early modern
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Keas, M.N. Evaluating Warfare Myths about Science and Christianity and How These Myths Promote Scientism. Religions 2021, 12, 132. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12020132

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