Re: Answer to Eugenie Scott's views

John W Burgeson (
Sat, 21 Mar 1998 09:07:17 -0700

Will Provine replied to Campbell, saying:

"Are you willing to argue that Jesus... was resurrected from the dead? If
true, then I surely would become a believing Christian. But the evidence
so far is woefully weak from the viewpoint of methodological naturalism."

I, for one will argue exactly that. Yes, of course it is weak "from the
viewpoint of methodological naturalism." That is exactly the point. Such
a methodology, necessary for science, is simply unable to investigate the

If you & I and Campbell went back to 30 AD in a time machine and did all
the "science" we were capable of doing, we would still (all of us)
conclude ON THE BASIS OF SCIENCE that natural causation had happened.
We'd have to do so. However, when we stepped out of our lab coats, we'd
probably still disagree on Christ's divinity and the whole God issue.

" Your only hope is for the case to never be capable
of investigation."

Not so, for reasons cited above.

" Having God split Cayuga Lake and allowing me to walk to the
other side would immediately convince me."

Come on. Would it? It would not convince me, and I'm a Christian. I'd see
it as a natural event (amazing, to be sure) to be investigated.


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