This NYT blog post on the stem cell debate — and various other issues where religious warriors wade into deep water to do battle with the krakens of science — caught my eye. Among other things, a commentor suggests scientism, a word I’m fond of, is invented by the right (like “Islamofascism”):

Alas for the Christians, who have had to fight a mighty, mostly losing battle with scientists. The last ditch effort, creating a new word, scientism, for a general ad hominem is pretty lame. Perhaps they should switch to Buddhism, in which the conflicts are rare.

– Philip Ryan, Web Editor

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