‘A Review of “Scientific Mythologies”‘ (2015)

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As we enter the second year of our world-wide panic over COVID-19 From China, we’ve seen our economy, our laws, and our personal lives turned topsy-turvy–and all of it done in the name of “Science.” As in science as the absolute ultimate authority on everything.

I reviewed this eye-opening book in 2015. Author James Herrick does an impressive job of dissecting science fiction and popularized TV “science” and their unwholesome effects upon our culture.


R.J. Rushdoony wrote a similar book in 1967, The Mythology of Science. Herrick’s book is chock-full of examples and details that abundantly prove Rushdoony’s point.

Oh! But dare we direct any skepticism at “Science”? We are told that’s tantamount to blasphemy.

Herrick lists, describes, and analyzes the various mythologies behind our “Science,” and how they have transformed it from a search for truth in nature to a kind of weird ersatz religion. A pseudo-religion, that is.

It’s a long book to read, but well worth the time.

You’ll never be quite that comfortable with science fiction again, after you’ve read this.

7 comments on “‘A Review of “Scientific Mythologies”‘ (2015)

  1. It astounds me how seriously Science Fiction is taken, by many people. We are no more immune to superstition and mythology than were the people in the Dark Ages.

  2. I have never really been crazy about science, even as a kid in school. I always thought a lot of it was bunk.
    As for science fiction- not interested. Most of what I hear from scientists is really only imagination gone wild. To think people spend their whole lives deeply engrossed in all these “scientific” studies.

    1. The problem is, that there is science, and then there is science. Much of what is passed off as science today comes down to a secular religion. True, accurate, understanding of the world around us points us to God’s greatness.

  3. I remember reading in one of Rushdoony’s many books that “science” comes from a root word meaning to know, whereas technology comes from one that means to make – and that is what “Science” has devolved into, making things our of nature rather than focusing on knowing it. Rushdoony says scientists like this are more akin to magicians than to men and women of knowledge.

  4. I need to read that book by Rushdoony; I’ve enjoyed Rush’s book on a Biblical philosophy of HIstory among other things and I like it!

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