Creating a Pagan Theocracy:
Modern Science

 

Chapter 16 of The Political Theory of Christ is available as a 36 page booklet at Amazon.

This short book is an analytical overview of the history of modern science since 1800.  It begins with the observation that the word “scientist” did not exist before 1834 and that the word “science” before that year referred to any organized body of knowledge.

Therefore the history of modern science, this book argues, does not begin with Galileo at all, but in the early nineteenth century.

The book also argues that, by the last decades of nineteenth century, a majority of Western intellectuals had been converted to the belief that modern science was the “full and final revelation of reality,” replacing the Christian revelation.   

The historical focus then moves to the middle of the twentieth century and to the beginnings of the collapse of modern science as a unitary system of belief. In 1962, Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions suddenly called into question the claim of modern science to reveal the nature of "reality as such." And over the next decades, most philosophers and historians of science ceased to believe that modern science was a revelation of reality at all, but now only believed that the various sciences were attempts to “model reality.” 

Nor did philosophers and historians of science any longer believe in reductionism, which is the doctrine that all scientific theories can be “reduced” to the laws of physics.

The book then turns to an analysis of the relationship of religious beliefs to scientific theories. Based upon philosopher of science Roy A. Clouser’s The Myth of Religious Neutrality, the book briefly examines Clouser’s argument that pagan religious beliefs underlie today’s sciences of mathematics, physics, psychology, and biology.

Creating a Pagan Theocracy is an important examination of these issues.