What is Naturalism? The #2 definition for Naturalism as given in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary is “a theory denying that an event or object has a supernatural significance; specifically : the doctrine that scientific laws are adequate to account for all phenomena.” This is also known as philosophical Naturalism, proper.
A natural correlary to philosophical Naturalism is the theory of evolution. It is Naturalism’s only game in town as far as a theory for the origin of complex life goes. For those who refuse to allow God into His own universe, they really have no choice but to believe that everything literally made itself.
Now a key point about Naturalism is that it is the belief that science can account for everything. Everything including the idea that science can account for the consciousness. One’s consciousness is the same as one’s mind and their patterns of thought. By virtue of their belief in Naturalism Naturalists must also believe that our consciousness (our mind and thoughts) are reducible to scientific laws, that it is just a big fancy extra complicated chemical reaction and nothing more.
But can a chemical reaction really think? What is the difference between a thinking chemical reaction and a nonthinking one? A more important question would be about what connection exists between a chemical reaction and knowledge or truth?
What I am asking is, if our thoughts are just the result of a fancy chemical reaction, how can one’s thoughts be said to be true or right? Our thoughts would become meaningless. Our thought process would just be like one overly complicated Rube-Goldberg machine. Our “beliefs” would be inescapably programmed by the history of whatever random chemical reactions happened to happen in our heads. Truth would therefore be illusory. Thoughts would be meaningless. Beliefs would be aimless.
Even the belief in Naturalism!
You might be wondering how I can make the jump that thoughts are meaningless if they are the result of physical processes.
This is why:
According to the theory of evolution, our brains (and minds according to the Naturalists) are the result of history ONLY for the reason that having a brain (mind) came with it some sort of edge for survivability and that having a smarter brain brought to the organism even more survivability. Now, a significant conclusion to be drawn from this is that they (naturalistic evolutionists) would have you believe that your brain did not evolve because it could discern “truth” (whatever that is in this Post-Modern age) but merely because it helps organisms to live a little longer and have a few more offspring in their lifetimes.
This means that they would have you believe that your thought processes and beliefs ultimately exists for one purpose and one purpose only, that is, (they would have you believe) that the purpose of everything your brain does is to assure that organisms have as much sex as possible for any organisms lifetime, (excuse me for being a little crass… ). That is, simply put, your mind evolved for survival and NOT for the purpose of ascertaining and utilizing truth. There is no reason why a brain that evolved merely for that purpose should be capable of properly manipulating knowledge! The Naturalists are then forced to conclude that they believe in naturalism not because it is true but because it helped their stone age gramps with the ladies!
This illustrates how philosophical Naturalism self-destructs. Its own presuppositions cave in on themselves. This is one more example how the philosophies of man are vain.
Truly, the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the LORD! We believe that we are created in the Image of God, that on account of that fact we have been vested with innate dignity, the capacity to love, and the ability to manipulated knowledge and reason. We were created to discover the wonders of creation (illustrated by Adam’s naming of the animals) and to use that knowledge to the world’s advantage (illustrated by God having created mankind to tend the garden). Reason belongs to the children of God! And through the proper use of it, we offer God great worship! (“You shall love the LORD your God with all your… mind…).
Always and in All Things, Let God Be Glorified!
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