Abstract

Scientific creation battles the worldview of naturalism at the level of
scientific fact and theory, but crucial battlegrounds are also found
in the foundational concepts that shape the method and direction of
science. One of these is summarized by the term “naturalism.” This
debate is hindered by equivocal terminology, presuppositional inconsistency,
and the use of secular premises by some Christians—typically
from a desire to “triangulate” between biblical creation and atheism.
Science is the child of Christianity, but enduring secular distortions
have succeeded in convincing most people that naturalism is one and
the same with science, and that it is legitimate to extrapolate from the
scientific method to atheism. Those core distortions are protected by
ancillary arguments; chief among them, a strategy of diverting Christians
with arguments regarding the reality or possibility of miracles
and with accusations of “god-of-the-gaps” reasoning. In response: (1)
metaphysical naturalism is invalid because it fails logical truth tests, (2)
methodological naturalism is an unnecessary accretion to basic attributes
of science historically derived from Christian theology, and (3) the
ancillary issues are defused by sound reasoning. The key to addressing
the concept of naturalism in its totality is the recovery and application
of the traditional Christian doctrine describing God’s providential
relationship with creation….

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