publication . Article . 2015

God, Design, and Naturalism: Implications of Methodological Naturalism in Science for Science-Religion Relation

Dariusz Sagan;
  • Published: 01 Mar 2015
Abstract
The aim of this paper is to analyze the implications flowing from adopting methodological naturalism in science, with special emphasis on the relation between science and religion. Methodological naturalism, denying supernatural and teleological explanations, influences the content of scientific theories, and in practice leads to vision of science as compatible with ontological naturalism and in opposition to theism. Ontological naturalism in turn justifies the acceptance of methodological naturalism as the best method to know the reality. If we accept realistic interpretation of scientific theories, then methodological naturalism conflicts science with religion...
Subjects
free text keywords: methodological naturalism, ontological naturalism, evolutionary theory, theistic evolution, teleology, randomness, Philosophy. Psychology. Religion, B, Philosophy (General), B1-5802
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