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Saturday, August 16, 2003

naturalism bad, naturalism good

“There are different kinds of naturalism”

A response of some Christians to naturalism is to maintain that there are two kinds of naturalism, the acceptable and the unacceptable. The unacceptable form is labelled ‘ontological naturalism’ [ontology: the study of existence, of being]...The supposedly acceptable form is labelled ‘methodological naturalism’. If the term merely refers to the shared methods and procedures used by scientists, whether Christian or non-Christian, in their research, then the concept is benign, but the terminology inaccurate. For Christians who believe that all their science without exception is but ‘thinking God’s thoughts after him’, as the astronomer Johannes Kepler expressed it, the study of God’s creation can in no way be naturalistic. The ‘heavens tell the glory of God’ (Psalm 19.1) and ‘the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it’ (Ps. 24.1). There is nothing naturalistic about investigating God’s heavens and God’s earth using the methods of science, so the term ‘methodological naturalism’ is inappropriate. The Christian scientist should no more exclude the Lordship of Christ from their research than the Christian politician, economist or factory worker.

Denis Alexander, Can Science Explain Everything? Scientific Naturalism and the Death of Science.

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