Why it is a Bad Idea to Accept Methodological Naturalism



By Paul Nelson  |  Thursday, 28 October 2010

Methodological Naturalism (MN) is usually described by its advocates as a neutral ground rule necessary to the scientific enterprise. But MN provides nothing to science that science cannot summon for itself. MN functions mainly as an illicit all-purpose defeater for design hypotheses that may well be promising, but which MN advocates oppose for philosophical or theological reasons, and thus wish to exclude from scientific discussion prior to testing.

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