Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Science: The Shibboleth of Progressive Religion

In today's BreakPoint commentary entitled Liberalism in a Labcoat by Eric Metaxas takes on Bill Nye and the religion of scientism arguing that "being 'pro-science' has become a shibboleth for supporting progressive ideology." For example, if your uncertain about manmade global warming (and thus demand increase taxes and government intrusion as the solution) then your anti-science. If you believe that biology and gender is fixed and not determined by fluid feelings then your ant-science.

I listen to Metaxas and Stonestreet's BreakPoint commentaries every morning and this one ranks up as one of the best ones. Here is the introduction.
In his preface to “Mere Christianity,” C. S. Lewis explains what happens when words lose their original meaning. Take the word “gentleman.” Once upon a time, Lewis writes, a gentleman was “one who had a coat of arms and some landed property. When you called someone ‘a gentleman,’ you were not paying him a compliment, but merely stating a fact.”

Gradually, however, “gentleman” evolved into just that—a compliment. A true gentleman was no longer someone who met the objective qualifications, but a person whom the speaker liked. Thus, concludes Lewis, “gentleman” became a useless word.

I think another important word is undergoing this same redefinition. That word, alas, is science.
You can read the rest here.
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