Responding to Scientism and Secularism: Interview with J.P. Moreland

by Sean McDowell

J.P. Moreland is one of the 50 most influential living philosophers. He’s also a colleague and friend of mine at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He has spent his career writing largely in the philosophy of mind and the intersection of science and faith.

He considers his most recent book, Scientism and Secularism, to be one of his most important contributions yet. It is a book with philosophical depth but is written for non-specialists. I would highly recommend it for thoughtful Christians today. Check out this quick interview and think about pre-ordering a copy of his excellent book.

You’ve written a new book called Scientism and Secularism and have said its one of the most important books you have ever written. What makes this book so unique and timely?

J.P. MORELAND: Our culture is rapidly going the way of Europe, namely, it is becoming more secular. At the root of this change is a false view of knowledge called scientism: The only knowledge we can have of reality comes from the hard sciences, especially, chemistry and physics. This leaves theological, ethical, political, and other claims most important to us as assertions no one can know are true. Scientism opens the door for Postmodern relativism to enter these areas of life and turn them into private feelings, blind faith, and so on.

MCDOWELL: At its heart, why do you think secularism fails?

MORELAND: Because it (a) cannot withstand a critical evaluation as I show in Scientism and Secularism; (b) holds to a self-refuting, faulty one-size-fits-all theory of the nature and limits of knowledge…
Responding to Scientism and Secularism: Interview with J.P. Moreland