I had defined four subdefinitions of the (loaded) word "supernaturalism,
Divine action, in the Christian orthodox tradition, unlimited.
Divine action, in the Process Theology view, somewhat limited; still >>
Some human action. Severely limited, of course, but still sometimes
Some animal actions.
Howard observed that "Although human decision-making may be neither
"natural" (in the senses noted above) nor divine, it is fully a
creaturely action. Perhaps the distinction between "divine" and
"creaturely" action would be more fruitful than the one between natural
and non-natural (or supernatural, or extra-natural)."
One problem I have with that is that it appears that many of the actions
we humans perform are just by rote/habit, and to ascribe any free will to
them seems kind of silly. I think it is necessary to distinguish between,
say, a sneeze, or a reflexive turning of the head upon hearing someone
call our name, and a deliberate choice of choosing between two (or more)
alternative actions based upon considered thought.
Generally speaking, I do not choose to sneeze, and so I would not ascribe
any supernaturistic(h) characteristic to that action. But in responding
to your comments, I do ascribe supernaturalism(h).
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