Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Is Nature All There Is?

Naturalism is the idea that the natural world is all that exists--that there exists no supernatural realm. Thus, God does not exist.

To argue for the truth of naturalism one must produce positive arguments for why the natural world is all that exists. It is not sufficient to simply say that the arguments for supernaturalism or God's existence are false or unconvincing. Even if the arguments for God's existence fail, it could still be the case that God exists! If one is unconvinced by the arguments for God's existence, but has no arguments for why the natural world is all there is, then he/she is left with only agnosticism, at best! In order to disprove God's existence, a positive case for the truth of naturalism must be made.

William Lane Craig illustrates this point clearly in a brief exchange with John Shook.


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