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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Modern Scientific Materialism's Victory Party

Scientific materialism is an atheistic worldview that sees all reality as the result of accidental collisions and combinations of elementary particles governed by a mysteriously fortuitous set of laws that control how matter interacts. It's a worldview devoid of higher meaning and purpose.

Today, scientific materialism has captured much of the academic world. Science itself has virtually come to be defined as the study of this mechanical, robotic, meaningless, accidental combination of particles of matter and energy. Any belief in design, purpose, ultimate meaning, inherent values, morality, or beauty is ridiculed as equivalent to belief in the Easter Bunny.

Although scientific materialists in the last century...


is a senior fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture and the author or co-author of numerous articles and books, including Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design, with Matt Leisola (Discovery Institute, 2018), The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got and the West Forgot, with Jay Richards (Ignatius, 2014), and A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, with Benjamin Wiker (IVP, 2006).

holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and is a retired Vice President of Raytheon, with a 45-year career in system engineering and information processing. He is the author of Modern Science Proves Intelligent Design: The Information System Worldview (Archway, 2019) and Jenny’s Universe ( “O” Publishing, 2002)

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #52, Spring 2020 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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