Is <title>Scientism: The World’s Littlest Religion by Huston Smith

Scientism: The World’s Littlest Religion

How Theology Must Confront the New Global Religion of Scientism

by Huston Smith

This article is published with the permission of the author and has been adapted from his lecture, “Doing Theology in the Global Village,” given at the University of Saskatchewan in 1995 and published in Religious Studies and Theology, a journal of the Religious Studies Department of the University of Saskatchewan.

Traditionally, when people wanted to know the big picture or ultimate nature of things they turned to their sacred texts; or if they were primal peoples, to the great orienting myths that their ancestors bequeathed to them. Since modern science arose, however, Westerners have looked increasingly to it to t . . .