Christopher Monckton of Brenchley is a world-renowned speaker on the weakness of the scientific claims for man-made global warming. He knows the science very well. He’s also a Catholic.
He recently wrote a lengthy article on Watts Up With That, the world’s foremost website for scientists that question the science of climate change. Scientists on that site have been fuming over the past few years in the wake of numerous scandals whereby scientists pushing global warming have been caught fudging their data to produce alarmist results. That site, like many scientific circles, is also hostile towards religion. Nevertheless, Monckton brilliantly challenged his colleagues on two key issues related to morality.
First, he points out that moral relativism is threatening science itself. This has become plainly obvious in light of the scandals. If scientists fake their results for selfish reasons, scientific progress will be stunted.
Second, he challenges his colleagues to become self-aware of how angry they get when phony scientists fudge the data. Their anger explicitly manifests their belief in a “right” and “wrong” associated with truth and lies. Yet this “right” and “wrong” are not part of the scientific method. They come from without, from the moral teachings of religion or the natural law. Hence, atheist scientists should realize that the scientific method rests on morality and cannot survive without it. As he says:
Yet the global warming scare has shown how very dangerous is science without morality. The scientist, who takes no one’s word for anything (nullius in verba), does not accept a priori that there is any objectively valuable moral code. He does not necessarily consider himself under any moral obligation either to seek the truth or, once he has found it, to speak it.
Science, therefore, in too carelessly or callously rejecting any value in religion and in the great code of morality in which men of religion believe and which at least they try however stumblingly to follow, contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction.
Yea, truth faileth (Isaiah, 59:15). The Great Lie persists precisely because too many of the scientists who utter it no longer live in accordance with the moral yardstick that Christianity once provided, or any moral yardstick, so that they do not consider they have any moral obligation to tell the truth.