Monday, November 10, 2014

Ratzinger on Scientism

A few weeks ago we saw how the Catholic Church values science and how it opposes the science destroying ideology of "scientism" (the belief that all knowledge comes from science). This basic critique of the "psuedo-religion" of scientism is echoed here by none other than Pope Benedict XVI, in a quote I wanted to share as a follow up,

When science becomes the dominant element in a view of the world... This absolute value becomes exclusive; it develops into the theory that scientific knowledge is the only valid knowledge and becomes a denial of the absolute value of religion, which is itself on a different level of reality.... To maintain that it is only with these (scientific) categories that man can know anything at all is an unfounded presupposition, which in any case is shown by experience to be untrue.
(Card. Ratzinger, Truth and Tolerance, p. 31)

If you missed the original post you can read it here -  Can We Only Know Truth Via the Scientific Method?

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