Paul Copan and the HillBilly Logician tackle Naturalism

by Tony Vance

Paul Copan and the HillBilly Logician walk into a bar… This could have been the start of a good joke.  I am sure that many will think this, as they see the title.  I think naturalism is a bigger threat to Christianity than mere atheism.   Naturalism is the idea that all that exists is nature; all we can see, touch, and experience with our senses.  Is naturalism the prevailing thought in science today?  I think the consensus would say; Yes, it most certainly is.  The following is a fairly representative view:

“Naturalism is a worldview grounded in a scientific, evidence-based understanding of the universe and our place in it. Science and critical thinking in public education and public discourse should replace non-empirical justifications for beliefs. In advocating science, naturalism supports the teaching of cosmology and evolution as essential elements of the epic story of life, in the universe and here on earth. A key point of this section is to demonstrate that science itself doesn’t presume naturalism, rather naturalism is a well-supported hypothesis given scientific methods of deciding what’s true”[i]

Paul Copan deals with naturalistic claims[ii], and I want to unpack some of his ideas to help explain why theism (especially the Christian version) is a BETTER explanation of our universe.  Copan is a Christian theologian, analytic philosopher, apologist, and author. He is currently a professor at the Palm Beach Atlantic University and holds the endowed Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics.[iii]  He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy, from Marquette University.  Some of his books include; When God Goes to Starbucks; True for You, But Not for Me; Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God; and, The Paul Copan Apologetics Collection (6 Volumes).  His philosophical works are heralded for their clear thinking and strong arguments.  As the HillBilly Logician, it is my job to help us navigate the difficult and get to the truth…

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Paul Copan and the HillBilly Logician tackle Naturalism