Occam and FGC

David Campbell (bivalve@mailserv0.isis.unc.edu)
Thu, 8 Apr 1999 11:06:16 -0400

>I learned a lot in the recent exchange and I would like to share my
>thoughts. When considering the concepts of intelligent design (ID) and
>fully gifted creation (FGC), one must keep in mind that the disconfirming
>other is the philosophical naturalist, who will dismiss the former as
>'unwarranted conclusions based on insufficient data' and the latter under
>the principle of Occam's razor.

Although that approach is taken by some philosophical naturalists, I see
Occam cutting their way as well. God's intent for us to serve as stewards
of creation explains why natural laws are comprehensible and suited for our
existence, whereas philosophical naturalism relies on a lot of ad hoc
statements of "that's the way things are".

David C.