A Theology of Science

From Science to Ethics to an Ethical Politics

by Robert C. Trundle


Author website: http://www.nku.edu/~philos/faculty.html
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This book reveals a remarkable oddity about the mainstream philosophy of science. While rejecting a noxious relativism, it is unable to ascribe "truth" to scientific theories that also are divorced conceptually from ethics and politics. There is much at stake since these dilemmas have led to a politicized truth whereby "truth" in these areas is often decided ideologically. But the ideology and splintered areas collide head-on with our awareness of ourselves and the world. By relating a world of which we are phenomenologically conscious to a common-sense reasoning, a novel case is made for objective scientific truth, a true causal principle, and the principle's implication of a First Cause. This Cause, as a Creator of Nature, begets moral norms intrinsic to scientific descriptions of our psycho-biological nature since our nature was created as it ought to be; affording a naturalistic ethics that can be as true as the science that informs it. Medicine and its allied sciences are used to illustrate this moral import in terms of a revitalized support of the traditional family -- a perennial norm expressed by the dictum "As the family goes, so goes the state." Thus a state's support of the family exemplifies how normative political claims can be as true as a scientific ethics that informs them. The logical link of ethics to science and politics marks the reasoning implicit in a natural theology common to the major monotheistic religions. And so despite the faults of all organizations, this book suggests one reason why those religions flourished over the ages. Outlasting the Roman Empire and modern ideologies that boasted vainly of reigning to the end of history, the religions address a personal spirituality and fulfill human nature. They render coherent an experienced world where truth coincides in science, ethics, politics, and religion.

"This book is one of those exceptional works which is both challenging in its philosophical sophistication and edifying in its moral argumentation." The Review of Metaphysics, Sept, 2008, by Tom Michaud
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The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 62, #245 (Sep), 2008

About the Author

Having a PhD in philosophy from the University of Colorado, Robert C. Trundle is currently a full Professor at N. Kentucky. University. His background includes having written several books, including three on ancient, medieval and modern philosophy, as well as over forty professional articles. In addition to being an invited evaluator for Canada's Killam Research Fellowship, he has been an invited referee for the journals Philosophy of Science, Laval Théologique et Philosophique, and Dialogue: The Canadian Philosophical Review. Also, he is on the Advisory Board of Sensus Communis: An International Quarterly for Research on Alethic Logic.