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You-Know-Who, the Coronavirus, and Science Denial Hypocrisy — 3 Comments

  1. What a fabulous post, Chris! It marks this week’s 100th birthday of JPII, who wrote to Fr. Coyne saying “Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.”
    Where do we go from here?
    The challenge feels more daunting today when prominent figures use their credible positions to promote lies which then ensnare otherwise fine people who don’t have time to study, but want to protect their loved ones. This is worrisome….

  2. I think science deniers and “new atheists” use very similar methodology. The anti-authoritarian thread is in itself hypocritical, since it’s really just an exchange of one authority for another. Another factor is assigning ulterior motives to the authority one rejects. Borrowing from Chesterton, it seems that now science, like religion, “has been found difficult and left untried.”

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