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Thursday, August 21, 2003

Up the (natural) garden path

 
Physicist Dr. Loren Haarsma suggests Methodological Naturalism is a misleading term because [it] overly restricts what 'science' is. Scientific scholarship, more broadly, includes:

a) the Process of science (the scientific method)

b) Discoveries of science (how nature works)

c) Basis for science (why science is possible)

d) Philosophical, ethical, religious inferences of science (meta-scientific questions)

e) Motives, ethics, goals of doing science

The term falsely implies God’s absence from "ordinary" events. The Biblical perspective is that God is just as much in charge of events which happen "naturally" as miracles. God is not absent from events which we can explain scientifically; rather, natural laws
describe how God typically governs creation.

The term falsely implies that science must necessarily deny the possibility of miracles. The most that science can do is determine whether an event is scientifically "explainable" or "puzzling."Theologically, a scientifically "puzzling" event is not necessarily evidence of a miracle, just as a scientifically "explainable" event is not evidence of God’s absence.

The term falsely implies that science is more compatible with the worldview of Philosophical Naturalism than other worldviews.

To do science, you must make certain worldview assumptions. These worldview assumptions cannot be deduced from science itself, but arise from culture and religion. Worldviews which are very different can sometimes share a subset of assumptions which are a foundation for doing science...

A Christian does not have to pretend to be an atheist to do science ('methodological naturalism'). Science arises naturally from a Christian worldview.Christianity is not a separate realm from science, but provides a fundamental foundation for how and why we do science."

12:32:00 pm