Scientism is philosophically bankrupt.  The hegemony of modernist science over theology has passed.  Note, however, that I did not say that science is in retreat.  Science itself is doing well both theoretically and pragmatically.  But modernist science – the modern picture of what science is and how it threatens theology – is collapsing.  Under the impact of various pressures, modernist convictions about science – that empirical science is the one rational ideal that deserves cultural prominence – are receding.  The view that science and theology are rival sources of knowledge about the same things is simplistic and flawed.  As evangelicals, we believe that the existence of a personal God, the reconciling work of God’s Son, and the hope of eternal life with God all depend on supernatural reality.  This includes both God’s agency in nature (miracles) and also God’s communication to humans (revelation).  Modernist science calls all this into question.  But empirical science simply is not the only rational ideal of genuine knowledge, as modernist science assumed.  So, it is right to recognize empirical science as a legitimate path to genuine knowledge.  It is equally legitimate to explore other paths to knowledge of God.

From: To Know and Love God: Method for Theology by David K. Clark; Foundations of Evangelical Theology series (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2003), pp. 269-270.

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