There Is No ‘Party of Science’

Signs at the March for Science in Washington, D.C., April 22, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)
Only of scientism — and it’s a bane.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n an era of a lot of strange ideological overlaps, one that’s particularly interesting to me is the overlap between two groups of people: those who invoke science to whip interlocutors into submission on everything from climate change to religion, and those who talk a lot about body positivity, fat shaming, etc. There’s absolutely zero scientific uncertainty as to the detrimental health effects of being overweight. (I say this as somebody who has been overweight since high school.) Obesity hurts people, full stop. Science says so.

Yet if you dip into the socially conscious movements that make a lot of headlines

Samuel James is associate acquisitions editor for Crossway Books in Wheaton, Ill., and blogs at Letter & Liturgy.

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