Can Science Explain Morality?

By Sean McDowell Published on December 7, 2019

In his latest video, Sean McDowell explains that people who say that science explains morality are guilty of making a “category fallacy.” Science and morality are distinctly different. Science is descriptive while morality is prescriptive. “What science does is clarify the facts so then we can make a moral assessment,” said McDowell. For example, “Science can’t tell us whether abortion is right or wrong, but science can help us know ‘when does life begin?’ ‘Is an unborn baby distinct from the mother? Is it human?'” Then we can question philosophically and morally, “Is it valuable?” or “Is it right or is it wrong?” 

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Sean McDowell, Ph.D., is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, the National Spokesman for Summit Ministries, a best-selling author, popular speaker, and part-time high school teacher. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

 

Originally published at SeanMcDowell.org. Reprinted with permission.

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