Are There Any Limits to Science?

Date recorded: 2 Jun 2015 | Speaker: Bruce Little | Event: ELF Advanced Apologetics Network


An increasing number of scientists, philosophers, and popular science writers claim that science is the measure of all things, especially when it comes to ethics and belief in God. Among them are Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett. They assert that science can answer all questions, that there are no limits to science, or that only science provides reliable knowledge. This view is often referred to as 'scientism'. But what exactly is scientism? What is to be said in favor of it and against it? If scientism is untenable, what are the limits of science? And how can we take these limits into account in doing science?

Roundtable panelists include:

Bruce Little (Moderator), Senior Professor of Philosophy, Southeastern Baptit Theological Seminary

Rik Peels, Post-Doctoral Researcher, VU Univeristy Amsterdam

Peter Imming, Univeristy Science Professor, Germany