Thursday, August 16, 2018

Book Preview: Scientism and Secularism by J.P. Moreland

About the Author

J. P. Moreland (PhD, University of Southern California) is distinguished professor of philosophy at Biola University. He is an author of, contributor to, or editor of over ninety books, including The Soul: How We Know It's Real and Why It Matters.

About the Book

Rigid adherence to scientism—as opposed to a healthy respect for science—is all too prevalent in our world today. Rather than leading to a deeper understanding of our universe, this worldview actually undermines real science and marginalizes morality and religion.

In this book, celebrated philosopher J. P. Moreland exposes the self-defeating nature of scientism and equips us to recognize scientism’s harmful presence in different aspects of culture, emboldening our witness to biblical Christianity and arming us with strategies for the integration of faith and science—the only feasible path to genuine knowledge.

Recommendations

“Science is a wonderfully useful discipline, but in recent times it has been distorted into scientism, the view that science is the ultimate path to truth in any area of reality. Based on that false adulation of science, many have denied the value of religion and philosophy, and many have rejected the claims of divine revelation in the Bible. J. P. Moreland is a respected Christian thinker who has studied both science and the Scriptures in considerable depth. He clearly demonstrates the fallacies of the arguments for scientism. He shows how Christians can defend their faith against scientistic objections, while affirming genuine science as a gift from God.”

- John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

“Scientism is a silent killer. Despite its name, it is neither scientific nor rational. Yet it attempts to kill our knowledge of God and the good life by claiming that the methods of science are sufficient for any knowledge we may need to know. J. P. Moreland, one of our greatest living philosophers, exposes scientism for what it is—a self-refuting and knowledge-stopping claim. This judgment in no way undermines real science, but rather encourages it. Once more, we are in Moreland’s debt.”

- Douglas Groothuis, Professor of Philosophy, Denver Seminary; author, The Soul in Cyberspace
“Moreland offers a brilliant critique of scientism and a comprehensive defense of theistic science. As valuable as this critique and defense is, I believe his book’s greatest contribution is his wake-up call to Christian leaders of how ‘scientism has forced the church to offer the gospel simply because it works rather than because it is true and can be known as such.’ Kudos to Moreland for equipping us to know through scientific evidence and philosophical reasoning that the Bible and the gospel indeed are true.”

- Hugh Ross, President, Reasons to Believe; author, The Creator and the Cosmos; Improbable Planet; and Why the Universe Is the Way It Is

To find out more about this forthcoming work, go here.

To pre-order your copy, go here.

Courage and Godspeed,

Friday, July 27, 2018

How Can We Know There's a God? (A Doubter's Guide to Jesus)



This week's Haven Today Program is a series entitled "A Doubter's Guide to Jesus."  The special guest is Dr. John Dickson, who is a "Thinker, Speaker, and Writer from Australia." The series title is also the name of his most recent book.  In the brief video below, Dr. Dickson explains how one can know there is a God.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Counterpoints: Peter S. Williams and Richard Dawkins on Science and God

Richard Dawkins- "God cannot be proved by any scientific hypothesis. Therefore he does not exist."1

Peter S. Williams- "...neither can the proposition that 'unless something can be proved by a scientific hypothesis it does not exist' be proved by any scientific hypothesis.  By Dawkins' own standard, his objection to theism doesn't even exist!  Dawkins' scientistic attack-plan begins with lopping off his own sword arm."2

Check out the rest of our "Counterpoints" series here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnotes:
1. As quoted by Peter S. Williams in C.S. Lewis vs the New Atheists, p. 46.  The quote originates from Dawkins' article  in the Daily Telegraph, August 31, 1993.
2. Ibid.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Video: If C.S. Lewis met Richard Dawkins by Peter S. Williams


In this lecture from the 2013 Unbelievable Conference, philosopher Peter S. Williams argues that if C.S. Lewis could address the arguments of famed atheist and biologist Richard Dawkins, Lewis would argue that Dawkins has:

1. A self-contradictory view of faith and knowledge

2. A self-contradictory view of freedom and responsibility (including intellectual responsibility)

3. A self-contradictory view of ethics

4. A self-contradictory view of Jesus

For anyone who is still convinced by the arguments of Dawkins, this lecture is a must listen!

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad


Video: Science, Scientism, and the Knowledge of God by Peter S. Williams

Free Booklet: Digging for Evidence by Peter S. Williams

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Late Atheist Bertrand Russell on God

"Even when one feels nearest to other people, something in one seems obstinately to belong to God, and to refuse to enter into any earthy communion- at least that is how I should express it if I thought there was a God.  It is odd, isn't it?  I care passionately for this world and many things and people in it, and yet...what is it all for?  There must be something more important, one feels, thought I don't believe there is."1

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad




Footnote:

1. As quoted by Peter S. Williams in C.S. Lewis vs. the New Atheists, p. 86.

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Video: What Good is Christianity?

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Article: Greg Boyd's Misunderstandings of the 'Warrior God' by Paul Copan

In this featured article, philosopher Paul Copan, author of Is God a Moral Monster: Making Sense of the Old Testament God, offers a critique of Greg Boyd's new two-volume book, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Interpreting the Old Testament's Violent Portraits of God in Light of the Cross.  

Copan writes:

 "I shall briefly review Boyd’s project and then examine Boyd’s treatment of various biblical texts, arguing that his bold approach falls short on its own merits."

You can find Dr. Copan's treatment here.

You can also listen to Copan and Boyd discuss the "Warrior God" thesis on Justin's Brierley's Unbelievable here and here.

Enjoy!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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