Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, The Philosophy of Science


The Philosophy of Science challenges a fundamental facet of the modern outlook: that science as such can answer ultimate questions about ourselves, the universe, and God. Disdaining mere discussion or mordant criticism of purely scientific conclusions, Sheen opens science to a realm of thought commonly diminished at best and denigrated at worst: the metaphysical.

“Metaphysics offers first principles that can produce higher interpretations of scientific facts than either the physical or mathematical theories. The placement of metaphysics in scientific thought does not supplant science, but supplements it with a deeper knowledge of reality. First published in 1934, The Philosophy of Science is by no means an obsolete study.

Articulating the hierarchy of nature and knowledge, Sheen repudiates key elements of the New Atheism movement and offers an invitation to think, to seek, and to study what is true, one, and good—reality.”

And From Sheen’s Philosophy of Religion:

“Science cannot give us a philosophy, nor can it give us an ethics; it cannot give us a philosophy, because it immerses man in nature and avoids the important subject of his destiny. It cannot give us an ethics because science by itself is amoral. Morality comes from its ends, and science is indifferent to ends. — Philosophy of Religion

Too, G.K. Chesterton on Science

“The thing that really is trying to tyrannize through government is Science. The thing that really does use the secular arm is Science. And the creed that really is levying tithes and capturing schools, the creed that really is enforced by fine and imprisonment, the creed that really is proclaimed not in sermons but in statutes, and spread not by pilgrims but by policemen — that creed is the great but disputed system of thought which began with Evolution and has ended in Eugenics. Materialism is really our established Church; for the Government will really help it to persecute its heretics. Vaccination, in its hundred years of experiment, has been disputed almost as much as baptism in its approximate two thousand. But it seems quite natural to our politicians to enforce vaccination; and it would seem to them madness to enforce baptism.” — Eugenics and Other Evils

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