Naturalism for Dummies:
Philosophy — By Joe Carter on April 7, 2005 at 2:33 am
Contradictions, Causal Connections, and the Center for Naturalism
Very well then. I contradict myself.
I am large. I contain multitudes.
“Song of Myself”, Walt Whitman
For decades, Christian thinkers ranging from the profound to the banal have argued that philosophical naturalism is internally inconsistent and contradictory. Yet this naked emperor continues to promenade through our culture, slipping just out of sight whenever someone observes that he wanders sans clothes. The critics of the theists assume that the portrayal of naturalism must be a strawman since is makes Scientology look in comparison.
But we Christian critics now have a handful of unwitting allies in our cause. A small group of atheist philosophers, including Daniel Dennett and Brian Leiter, have instituted a new organization that will prove to be our best ally in the effort to expose the self-refuting philosophy:
The Center for Naturalism (CFN) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization devoted to increasing public awareness of naturalism and its implications for social and personal well-being. By means of local activities, publications, research, conferences, educational programs, and policy development, the CFN seeks to foster the understanding that human beings and their behavior are fully caused, entirely natural phenomena, and that human flourishing is best achieved in the light of such understanding.
Initially, I assumed that this was a brilliant April Fool ‘