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Perspectives: Science, Religion and Meaning
Angus J. L. Menuge, Ph.D.
Where? This FREE PRESENTATION will be at Glory of Christ Lutheran 4040 County Rd. 101 Plymouth, MN 55447. Church office: 763-478-6031 Website: www.gloryofchrist.org
when? Sunday October 24th, 2021 from 12:30pm-3:30pm. All materials provided. Light refreshments will be served. To learn more and to register please see the registration form below. Walk-in’s welcome.
Why? scientism, an ideology masquerading as science, is doing great harm to the church and the wider society. Claiming that materialistic science is the only or best way to know, it undermines the authority of other disciplines, such as theology and ethics, leading people to conclude that outside of science, there are only feelings and opinions. Since materialistic science cannot detect moral and religious values, they are declared illusory. This leads some to conclude that life is meaningless. We will see, to the contrary, that scientism is a self-defeating doctrine, and that science proper depends on theological and philosophical assumptions that show that life is full of meaning. Science itself is a wonderful expression of our primary call to be stewards of God’s world.
Who? Dr. Angus Menuge is Chair of the Philosophy Department, and Co-Chair of the Classical Education program at Concordia University Wisconsin. He was raised in England, and became an American citizen in 2005. He holds a BA in philosophy from Warwick University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is author of Agents Under Fire (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004) and many articles on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and Christian apologetics, and editor of several collections, including Reading God’s World (Concordia Publishing House, 2004), Legitimizing Human Rights (Ashgate, 2013; Routledge, 2016), Religious Liberty and the Law (Routledge, 2017), and, with Jonathan Loose and J. P. Moreland, The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism (Blackwell, 2018). He is past president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (2012-2018).
--About the Presentation in Detail: We often hear today that a claim must be believed because it’s science. The assumption is that anything calling itself “science” has infallible authority. While good scientists are aware of the tentative and fallible nature of their models and predictions, many in our culture try to make science into a religion known as scientism. According to scientism, materialistic science is the only or best way to really know something, while moral and religious claims are just feelings or opinions. This exaggerates the authority of science and denigrates other ways of knowing. In reality, scientism is not science but rather a self-defeating philosophy. Science depends on non-scientific assumptions, and the validity of
these assumptions is best supported by Christian theology. That theology shows how science is possible and why it is valuable, and it restores meaning and dignity to all of human life. Christianity, not scientism, is the best friend of science.