- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- 1 Studies in Insularity
- 2 Showdown at Subway
- 3 The Prospects for Agreeable Disagreements
- 4 How I Got Here
- 5 My Problems with Religion
- 6 An Introduction to Evolution
- 7 An Introduction to Creationism
- 8 Literalism and Other Canards
- 9 Browsing the Bookstore
- 10 The Best Evidence That God Created
- 11 Fossils, Human and Otherwise
- 12 On Information
- 13 Movies and Television
- 14 The Marginality of Genesis 1
- 15 Intelligent Design vs. Young-Earth Creationism
- 16 Rhetorical Legerdemain
- 17 Conversion Stories
- 18 On Religious Experience
- 19 Creation as Fishtank
- 20 Methodological Naturalism
- 21 Irreducible Complexity
- 22 Creation Cinema
- 23 Creation and Corruption
- 24 Groaning under the Curse
- 25 From Catastrophe to Consummation
- 26 What Does Genesis Mean?
- 27 Theological Phlogiston
- 28 Why I Love Being Jewish
- 29 Building the Creation Model
- 30 Inevitable Humans?
- 31 Unpleasantness
- 32 Conversations in Bookstores
- 33 Is the Earth at the Center of the Universe?
- 34 Things I Learned at the Banquet
- (p.116) 20 Methodological Naturalism
- Among the Creationists
- Oxford University Press
In this chapter, the author considers philosophical questions about methodological naturalism (MN). Among intelligent design (ID) supporters “science” is commonly understood to refer to the totality of all that is true about nature. That God created the world is certainly part of that truth. Philosophers of science have long discussed the “demarcation problem,” by which they refer to the attempt to draw a clear line between science and other sorts of inquiry. In this regard it has been suggested that science must adhere to the MN principle. It is claimed that although the line between science and nonscience is sometimes blurry, an invocation of supernatural entities nonetheless places you automatically on the wrong side of it. The term “methodological” indicates that naturalistic presumptions are a matter of scientific practice only. The author discusses the arguments of Robert Pennock in defense of MN. He also comments on the conflict between the empirical realities of nature and deeply held notions about God.
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