Moral relativism threatens science itself

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.

3 thoughts on “Moral relativism threatens science itself

  1. Very few democratic citizens reflect on how introducing a pagan, or secular outlook on life into Western Government, Law and Education might have caused negative long-lasting effects on morality,and thus the standards by which we live.

  2. Weren’t some of the greatest scientists Christian to begin with? Pierre & Marie Curie, Sir Isaac Newton, Galileo to name a few, even the man who proposed the Big Bang theory was a Catholic priest. Although Albert Einstein was not a Christian, he did believe in Intelligent design. The search for Truth ultimately leads to God. That’s why Atheists don’t want to go there.

  3. Helene, secular pagan morality in Government, Law and Education is perverting our civilization. Anyone who says they don’t have a religion is being dishonest, because their outlook on life is their worldview or religion. Dr.Walter Szetela and Professor Tom Landers taught at Secular Universities, and shattered all the Atheist arguments every time. Secular Pagan Atheists fire and destroy the families of our professors who don’t have tenure. A shame on Secular Pagan Canada. Just ask Dr. Chris Kempling what they did to him, and how they treated his Family?
    Politics is very important in a democracy, as the laws we live by are made, by Bills passed into Law by politicians citizens elect.

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