Re: Glenn makes front page of AiG today

From: John W Burgeson (
Date: Fri Feb 08 2002 - 14:54:16 EST

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    Allen, you wrote: "In trying to decipher your argument, it has become
    obvious that Naturalism and Creationism should be defined:
    NATURALISM is the assumption taken by faith that matter/energy/motion
    originated and continually operates according to natural laws by which
    interact that is inherent within them. Nature is all there is and has
    been or ever will be."

    I agree that words should be defined. Those definitions, however, need to
    be agreed to by all debaters, else we simply whistle past each other.

    The definition you have above is, IMHO, one of PHILOSOPHICAL Naturalism.
    The very word "naturalism," Like the word "evolution," means many things
    to many people and so limiting adjectives are ALWAYS advisable.

    I commend to you the definitions used by my friend, David Griffin. You
    can read them in his excellent book, RELIGION and SCIENTIFIC NATURALISM.
    Check out my review, which was published by Metanexus and also appears on
    my web site (the link is on page 2).

    John Burgeson (Burgy)
           (science/theology, quantum mechanics, baseball, ethics,
            humor, cars, God's intervention into natural causation, etc.)

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