Naturalism Essay

  • Naturalism

    As defined by philosopher Paul Draper, naturalism is "the hypothesis that the natural
    world is a closed system" in the sense that "nothing that is not a part of the natural
    world affects it." More simply, it is the denial of the existence of supernatural causes.
    In rejecting the reality of supernatural events, forces, or entities, naturalism is the
    antithesis of supernaturalism, I.e. No god.

    Naturalism posits that all phenomena fall in the realm of four categories: space, time,
    matter and energy. Also all things come about because of cause and effect; because these
    things happen, this happens. For anything to proven to exist there must be empirical
    evidence for it, in other words tangible, physical evidence. This is where the
    supernatural I.e. God or anything of such, by a naturalistic stand point, cannot be
    verified; or no evidence to support such a claim. Naturalism differs from atheism in that
    most atheists will state straight up there is no god, naturalists will say that there is
    no evidence to support that claim. Plus I think, naturalist is a better term and doesn

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