Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality: Testing Religious Truth-claims

1st Edition

R. Scott Smith

Routledge
Published December 28, 2011
Reference - 254 Pages
ISBN 9781409434863 - CAT# Y240437
Series: Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies

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Summary

Philosophical naturalism is taken to be the preferred and reigning epistemology and metaphysics that underwrites many ideas and knowledge claims. But what if we cannot know reality on that basis? What if the institution of science is threatened by its reliance on naturalism? R. Scott Smith argues in a fresh way that we cannot know reality on the basis of naturalism. Moreover, the "fact-value" split has failed to serve our interests of wanting to know reality. The author provocatively argues that since we can know reality, it must be due to a non-naturalistic ontology, best explained by the fact that human knowers are made and designed by God. The book offers fresh implications for the testing of religious truth-claims, science, ethics, education, and public policy. Consequently, naturalism and the fact-value split are shown to be false, and Christian theism is shown to be true.

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