Wednesday, March 30, 2011

GIANTS IN THE LAND - PHILOSOPHICAL NATURALISM

Carson’s sixth point is that the modern age saw an increase of philosophical naturalism. This position assumes that matter, energy, space and time is all there is. Increasingly, it was thought that the study of such would give us answers to age-old human questions. Though this did not immediately result in enmity between Christianity and science, it seems to be linked to an increase in Deism and Atheism. When, finally, Charles Darwin set forth his propositions, a rejection of Theism became, for many, intellectually respectable. That these developments are characteristic of modernism is quite important.

Let us realize that the atmosphere we are raised in influences certain basic assumptions we embrace. Let us also realize, as a bit of a side issue, that an influence is different from a cause. Many people accept elements of naturalism as though there are no alternatives, as though it’s foolish to believe anything else. What needs to be understood is that naturalism has limitations which make it unfit to answer certain questions in certain areas of life. For very good insights about this I refer the reader to the following link: A Matter of Gravity

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