David Bentley Hart is one of my favorite writers. I can only wish my prose were as lucid and beautiful as his. I am reading his The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss, and he makes powerful points from the very first chapter. Consider:
Naturalism – the doctrine that there is nothing apart from the physical order, and certainly nothing supernatural – is an incorrigibly incoherent concept, and one that is ultimately indistinguishable from pure magical thinking. The very notion of nature as a closed system entirely sufficient to itself is plainly one that cannot be verified, deductively or empirically, from within the system of nature. It is a metaphysical (which is to say ‘extra-natural’) conclusion regarding the whole of reality, which neither reason nor experience legitimately warrants. It cannot even define itself within the boundaries of its own terms, because the total sufficiency of ‘natural’ explanations is not an identifiable natural phenomenon but only an arbitrary judgment.
More to come. But I wonder what our materialist friends would say in response to Dr. Hart. His assertions seem obvious to me. What am I missing?