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Science is the supreme authority in society.
If there is a dispute, science arbitrates it. If a law is to be passed, science must ratify it. If truth is to be taught, science must approve it. And when science is ignored, storms of protest are heard in the media, in the university and in local coffee shops.
While we may learn a great deal from science, it does not offer us unlimited knowledge. In fact, most scientists readily acknowledge that it cannot deal with ultimate purposes and meaning in life. So to what authority will we turn for these?
The deficiencies in science and naturalism call for a cognitive revolution, a fundamental change in our worldview and thinking habits. And it all begins with a wedge of truth.
The wedge of truth does not abandon a foundation of rational thought but acknowledges that reason encompasses more than science can provide. In splitting the foundations of naturalism, Johnson analyzes the latest debates in the media and in the university about science and evolution. He then looks to such thinkers as Newbigin, Polanyi and Pascal to lay a new foundation for seeing the universe in a totally different way. From that base he considers the educational programs and research agendas that should be undertaken, indeed that are already beginning.