Biology and the New Modernism in Twenty-first Century Social Science

Alexander H. Bolyanatz


The social sciences expended a substantial amount of intellectual energy during the twentieth century generating non-biological, social-constructionist explanations for human behavior. This essay argues that as the twenty-first century unfolds, the eschewing of biology will instead constitute an inadequate approach to the social sciences and that twenty-first century social science must incorporate biology into its repertoire. One implication of this trend is that Christian resistance to biological models must yield if the Church is going to produce well-qualified social scientists in subsequent generations. Alexander H. Bolyanatz formerly held the position of Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wheaton College.


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