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dc.contributor.authorTorrance, Andrew B.
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-17T23:41:07Z
dc.date.available2019-08-17T23:41:07Z
dc.date.issued2017-09
dc.identifier.citationTorrance , A B 2017 , ' Should a Christian adopt methodological naturalism? ' , Zygon , vol. 52 , no. 3 , pp. 691-725 . https://doi.org/10.1111/zygo.12363en
dc.identifier.issn0591-2385
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 249239983
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 209ab172-7ce3-438e-95fd-3b89da2a9f44
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85027586643
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000409216800006
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-5604-8247/work/61133142
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/18330
dc.descriptionThe author thanks the John Templeton Foundation for funding the Scientists in Congregations, Scotland program, which gave me the opportunity to work on this article in continual conversation with scientists across Scotland.en
dc.description.abstractIt has become standard practice for scientists to avoid the possibility of references to God by adopting methodological naturalism: a method that requires scientists to assume that the natural world is all that exists. In this essay, I critique the Christian commitment this method, arguing that a Christian’s practices should always reflect her belief that the universe is created and sustained by the triune God. This leads me to contend that the Christian should adopt a theologically humble approach to the sciences (instead of methodological naturalism), with which she humbly acknowledges that special divine action is not discernible by empirical science. To further my critique, I consider three ways in which the practice of methodological naturalism can be particularly problematic for Christianity.
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofZygonen
dc.rights© 2017 by the Joint Publication Board of Zygon. This work has been made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review and may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/zygo.12363en
dc.subjectDietrich Bonhoefferen
dc.subjectChristianityen
dc.subjectCreationen
dc.subjectFaithen
dc.subjectHoly Spiriten
dc.subjectJesus Christen
dc.subjectMethodological naturalismen
dc.subjectNaturalismen
dc.subjectAlvin Plantingaen
dc.subjectTheologyen
dc.subjectBR Christianityen
dc.subjectB Philosophy (General)en
dc.subjectT-NDASen
dc.subjectBDCen
dc.subject.lccBRen
dc.subject.lccB1en
dc.titleShould a Christian adopt methodological naturalism?en
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.description.versionPostprinten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Divinityen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1111/zygo.12363
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden
dc.date.embargoedUntil2019-08-18


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