Scientistic materialism

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Scientistic materialism is a term used mainly by proponents of creationism and intelligent design to describe scientists who have a materialist worldview. The stance has been attributed to philosopher George Santayana.[1]


The "Wedge Document" produced by the Discovery Institute, described materialism as denial of "the proposition that human beings are created in the image of God," and that humans are instead "animals or machines who inhabited a universe ruled by purely impersonal forces and whose behavior and very thoughts were dictated by the unbending forces of biology, chemistry and environment." The document states that materialism leads inevitably to "moral relativism" and denounces its "stifling dominance" in modern culture. By this definition, scientific materialism is linked to the more general version of materialism, which declares that the physical world is the only thing that exists and that nothing supernatural exists.

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  1. ^ Flamm, Matthew Caleb (2009). "Angus Kerr-Lawson and the Ills and Cures of Scientistic Materialism". Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. 45 (4): 467–483. doi:10.2979/tra.2009.45.4.467. JSTOR 10.2979/tra.2009.45.4.467. S2CID 170340494.