Science is good but scientism isn’t
Science is good but scientism isn’t. Science looks at the cosmos objectively, indeed scientifically. Scientism doesn’t.
Science, in the broadest sense of the word, derived from the Latin scientia, simply means “knowledge”.
Science is good, whether we understand it in the older, broader sense of the word or the newer, narrower sense. Scientism, on the other hand, is not good, not least because it is not science.
So what is scientism?
Scientism is a dogmatic ideology which presumes that “science”, in the narrower sense of the word, has the answers to all questions.
The problem with scientism, or one of its many problems, is that it tends to be prejudiced and therefore not very scientific. Take, for instance, the scientistic view of our ancient ancestors. There is a presumption that the so-called cave man was brutish or even bestial.
G. K. Chesterton, in The Everlasting Man, alludes to the so-called scientific view of the club-wielding cave man whose primary occupation was beating his wife over the head and dragging her around by the hair.
Yet such “science” was not very scientific because it was based on a prejudiced presumption about the nature of “primitive” man and not on any actual evidence. In fact, we have learned, such “science” was wrong. It’s prejudiced presumption was not only devoid of facts, but devoid of faith in Jesus Christ.
Q. What is scientism?
A. Scientism is the view that Science provides knowledge, and that is the only source on knowledge. It is pseudo-science.
Q. True or False: Science today is really a religion.
Q. The prophet Hosea said “My people perish for lack of ____________.”
A. Knowledge (Hosea 4:6) or in today’s world,wantingto know.
Q. What is an ‘educated fool’?
A. Someone who is always studying and ‘ever learning, but never comes to the knowledge of the Lord’. 2ndTimothy 3:1-7 (Truth).
Q. When the Catholic Church sprang up, it was its Mission to purify every art and create the sciences, inspired by the highest Catholic Ideals. What is the difference between Catholic Art and Pagan Art? Architecture?
A. “Pagan art and architecture is symbolic of a false religion—spacious colonnades, large courts, and great buildings with lines running level with the earth and as little as possible raised above the earth—leaving nothing in them looking up to Heaven or raised above the earth or leading the imagination to God. Spires lead men to look upward, receding from our fallen nature and the baseness of sin.” Rev. T.N. Burke,Sermons1872.
Q. How do you respond? In Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, Natural Selection teaches that two animals – one with eyes and one without eyes in the same species – that the seeing animal gets to the food first.
A. You say, “ok, but how do you explain the existence of the eye?” Darwin couldn’t even explain it whenever a change occurred – frogs to a bird, etc. See, this is not real science—it is Science FICTION. Ie., how do you get from nothing to something? A rock to a living cell?
Q. What can you say to defend Pope Pius XII when it comes to Medicine, the advancement of Science and the false theory of Evolution?
A. Pius XII thought of becoming a medical doctor before entering the clerical state. He maintained his avid study even as he went up through the ranks. Pius XII condemned evolution as “a false philosophy not proven by science” and encouraged studying the arguments to show where the thinking had gone wrong inHumani Generis. – this is frequently misquoted to say we should study evolution as if he accepted it.
There are no mistakes or ‘accidents’ with God. Science can only unravel and unwrap what God has made to discover the ideas of God, but Science cannot create anything from nothing like a tree, a flower or a human being with an immortal soul.
Q. Scientism’s agenda is to divide, disillusion and annihilate people’s religious faith in the one true God and the Catholic Church.
A. Science is good, but there is no escaping the fact that scientism is not only bad but is guilty of giving true science a bad name. True science has a noble tradition, interwoven with that of the Church in the shared desire to discover the truth; scientism, in contrast, has its ignoble roots in the sordid profession of alchemy, seeking to turn base metal into worldly riches or seeking in vain for the elixir of life. Science seeks the truth and nothing but the truth; scientism seeks the power that scientific discoveries can wield. Science, like its older sisters, philosophy and theology, seeks to unravel the mystery of God’s Creation; scientism makes its Faustian pact with the Devil.