Is Methodological Naturalism Question-Begging?

Dr. Robert A. Larmer, PhD

From Philosophia Christi 5:1 (2003), Robert Larmer argues that those who adopt methodological naturalism typically beg important questions concerning its justification. But rejecting methodological naturalism in no way prohibits scientists from searching for natural causes of physical phenomena. The issue is not whether it is legitimate to look for natural causes of physical phenomena, but rather the question-begging insistence that under no circumstances is it permissible ever to posit the direct intervention of a nonnatural agent into the physical order.

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