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Posted by Harvey on August 8, 2003 14:59:40 UTC

The plot thickens. Interesting issue. One other thing to consider is that the assumption under methodological naturalism of any observable phenomena is that it can be explained using methodological naturalist approaches. So, the argument could be made that God, simply because he is directly observable, has become a naturalist object even if his being observed is outside our ability to explain. One could hold the traditional methodological natural opinion that since God has been observed, then he can be seen as a natural object. It becomes a confidence issue.

So, even though I think that having confidence is okay to assume methodological naturalism with regards to an observed object, it is the ability to explain an object that is needed to refute supernaturalism. In the case of a direct observation God, that confidence might dwindle in such a hypothetical since God is mostly thought of in supernatural terms, even by metaphysical naturalists, so I think most people would still classify God as supernatural, but there would be a few diehards out there insisting that an observed object (even God) provides confidence to the methodological naturalist to form a natural theory of that object.

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