266: Scientism and Secularism with JP Moreland
In this episode Kenny interviews world-renowned philosopher and best-selling author J.P. Moreland about his new book “Scientism and Secularism.” The book is about some of the worldviews that have now become mainstream and dominant in the worlds of philosophies and science, that Dr. Moreland says are incoherent and detrimental.
In the interview Dr. Moreland unpacks the concept of scientism as being the philosophy that all data and information must directly come from a genre of science in order for it to be considered viable or trustworthy in an apologetics dialogue. Dr. Moreland explains why this philosophy ought to be rejected and how to respond to this way of thinking.
Dr. Moreland asserts that data from many other sources ought to be considered in this conversations, including data from the worlds of politics, ethics, morality, psychology, and religion. He’s taught there for more than 35 years. He has earned four earned degrees; an undergraduate degree in chemistry, two graduate degrees in philosophy and theology, and then earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
He’s been a church planter and has been involved in the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) for many years. Before serving as a college professor he served as a bioethicist for PersonaCare Nursing Homes, Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Moreland has made numerous media contributions including to PBS, Christianity Today, and WORLD magazine. He has authored more than 30 books and more than 70 articles in scholarly journals across North America.
Check out J.P. Moreland’s website: www.jpmoreland.com
Get a copy of his newest book: Scientism and Secularism
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Moreland has an undergraduate degree in chemistry, two graduate degrees in philosophy and theology, and a Ph.D.