I know everyone at BL and hundreds of ASA members, and I can never recall any one of them endorsing metaphysical naturalism. Not one. In every single case, if Denyse were to ask someone ” whether scientific explanations require metaphysical naturalism,” the answer would be, No. So, Denyse, having pretended to ask a question on your behalf, I’ll now ask you one on my behalf: Who’s ducking that question?
Oh dear. This is one of those awkward situations. Of course no claimed Christian ever directly admits to metaphysical naturalism. Why would they? They would have to quit their jobs and their churches.
That does not mean they do not think the same way as Darwin’s followers.
Everyone hopes for an easy retreat when they fear defeat.
Ted Davis, I have been on this beat for maybe fifteen years, and seen just about everything that comes down the path.
I will answer your second question later.
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