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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