Philosophical naturalism is taken to be the preferred and reigning epistemology and metaphysics that underwrites many ideas and kwledge claims. But what if we cant kw reality on that basis? What if the institution of science is threatened by its reliance on naturalism? R. Scott Smith argues in a fresh way that we cant kw reality on the basis of naturalism. Moreover, the fact-value split has failed to serve our interests of wanting to kw reality. The author provocatively argues that since we can kw reality, it must be due to a n-naturalistic ontology, best explained by the fact that human kwers are made and designed by God. The book offers fresh implications for the testing of religious truth-claims, science, ethics, education, and public policy. Consequently, naturalism and the fact-value split are shown to be false, and Christian theism is shown to be true.
R.Scott Smith has written many articles and a monograph on Virtue Ethics. He specialises in ethics, phenomenology, philosophy of religion, and constructivism (especially in postmodernism, naturalism, and philosophical theology, including the emerging church as a practical extension). He teaches on these themes, including a graduate philosophy of religion class on naturalism, postmodernism, and constructivism.
R. Scott Smith
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Date of Publication
Religion: Comparative, General & Reference
Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies
Country of Publication
Ashgate Publishing Limited
black & white illustrations
Series Edited by
Revd Jeff Astley,Professor James A. Beckford,Mr. Richard Brummer,Professor Vincent Brummer,Professor Paul S. Fiddes,Professor T. J. Gorringe,Mr. Stanley J. Grenz,Mr. Richard Hutch,Dr. David Jasper