Thing on Thursday #3
Akk! Sheesh. This Thing on Thursday has become a Thing on Friday. Sorry for the delay. Work obligations got the better of me. But better late than never. Join us for this week’s belated council.
One of the top values from last week’s poll was naturalism. But naturalism has many meanings. Wikipedia lists some fourteen disambiguations for the word.
Of those fourteen, two of the most relevant are quoted as follows:
- Methodological naturalism, naturalism that holds that science is to be done without reference to supernatural causes; also refers to a methodological assumption in the philosophy of religion that observable events are fully explainable by natural causes without reference to the supernatural
- Metaphysical naturalism, a form of naturalism that holds that the cosmos consists only of objects studied by the natural sciences, and does not include any immaterial or intentional realities
Which one do you mean when you say naturalism is important for us? Do you mean it’s important as a method of discovering our world? Or do you mean that nothing else exists besides observable nature?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
About Thing on Thursday
Each week until the Winter Solstice, Thing on Thursday will explore a new controversy. Participation is open to all – the more minds that come together, the better. Those who have been vocal in the comments are as welcome as those quiet-but-devoted readers who have yet to venture a word. We value all constructive opinions.
There are only a few rules:
- be constructive – this is a council, so treat it as such
- be respectful – no rants or flames
Comments will be taken into consideration as we determine the new direction of Humanistic Paganism. This will also greatly shape the vision that unfolds in our upcoming ebook Our Ancient Future: Visions of Humanistic Paganism.
So please make your voice heard in the comments!