Defender's Guide to Science and Creationism

Mark Vuletic

Assertion

There are many unanswered questions in science, so we have to bring a god into the picture.

Analysis

Science has an outstanding track record of solving unanswered questions without bringing supernatural entities into the picture, though the solutions often take time. Had scientists immediately thrown their hands into the air and bowed to supernaturalism every time they came up against a recalcitrant problem, we would still be living in the Dark Ages, blaming mental illness on demons, and every random misfortune on witchcraft. Given the successful track record of naturalism in science, it seems only prudent to let scientists continue to seek naturalistic solutions to the current unanswered questions; should these questions prove intractable without the introduction of a god, one may rest assured that mainstream scientists will abandon naturalism on their own, just as the spectacular failures of supernaturalism over the last 500 years have led scientists to gradually abandon it for the far more productive working hypothesis of naturalism.

Last updated: 2 Dec 2008

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