For those who are interested, my review of Jeff Straub's book, The Making of a Battle Royal: The Rise of Liberalism in Northern Baptist Life was posted on SharperIron this morning. You can view the article and discussion HERE.
Just finished reading my review copy of Scientism and Secularism by Christian philosopher J. P. Moreland. In the book he confronts the philosophy of "scientism," which is, in his words, "the view that the hard sciences alone have the intellectual authority to give us knowledge of reality." And in another place, the belief that "science and its methods provide the only valid route to gaining knowledge and for answering questions, to the exclusion of other methods and disciplines." We see this philosophy all around us. You are witnessing it any time you hear someone speak of a scientific conclusion as "fact" while relegating nonscientific matters (like matters of metaphysics, morality, etc.) to the realm of "personal opinion"--as if true knowledge of nonmaterial things is not possible.
Moreland does a masterful job of dismantling this philosophy. First, he shows how scientism is self-refuting. Think about it: Scientism is a philosophical belief that dismisses the value of philosophy! He then demonstrates the logical priority of philosophy/theology over science by demonstrating that the scientific enterprise is itself based on philosophical beliefs. Before science can even be done, one must first work out a philosophy of science. Toward the end of the book, he discusses the limitations of science. Contra the teachings of scientism, there are five things which science cannot explain (but Theism can):
1. The origin of the universe
2. The fundamental laws of nature
3. The fine-tuning of the universe
4. The origin of consciousness
5. The existence of moral, rational, and aesthetic objective laws and intrinsically valuable properties.
The book will be difficult reading for many, but it is still well worth the effort. I would encourage you to pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.