Monday, May 25, 2009

Why Naturalism?

In How I Became and Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity, John W. Loftus quotes Barbara Forrest:

[T]he relationship between methodological and philosophical naturalism, while not one of logical entailment, is the only reasonable metaphysical conclusion given (1) the demonstrated success of methodological naturalism, combined with (2) the massive amount of knowledge gained by it, (3) the lack of a method or epistemology for knowing the supernatural, and (4) the subsequent lack of evidence for the supernatural. The above factors together provide solid grounding for philosophical naturalism, while supernaturalism remains little more than a logical possibility.
And there it is -- as calm, clear, and concise a statement on why naturalism beats the alternatives as you're likely to find.

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