Re: Why methodological naturalism?

From: John W Burgeson (
Date: Wed Feb 13 2002 - 13:57:51 EST

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    Steve wrote: "I am doing some research into methodological naturalism.
    At the moment, I am attempting to identify reasons for its popularity. I
    wondered what reasons list members could identify for its adoption;
    either personally or in the literature."

    My notes show that methodological naturalism was first expressed by
    Epicurius as "in searching out nature, ascribe nothing to the gods." This
    is a paraphrase from memory, BTW. It is cited by the writer Otto Strunk
    in a fairly old book "On Atheism." Again, title from memory, it may be
    simply "Atheism."

    I seem to remember an even earlier reference to one of the Greek
    philosophers circa 300 BC who suggested that the pursuit of understanding
    nature ought properly to have two foundational precepts. The first was
    "Consider ALL the evidence" and the second was much like that of
    Epicurius above.

    John Burgeson (Burgy)
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