Friday, January 21, 2011
Use It Or ...
There's a puff-piece in Christianity Today on Roberta Ahmanson, wife of Howard Ahmanson, who are, Ahmanson freely admits, "probably the single largest supporter of the intelligent design movement, and have been since the beginning." Like most creationists, what she really abhors is "theistic evolution" because it "legitimates naturalism as the mode of understanding reality." Riiight! Can't have no scientists explaining what's real to anyone!
But if you want to know about the Ahmansons, this is the money quote:
[I]n a scathing 2004 Salon profile of Howard, "Avenging Angel of the Religious Right," Max Blumenthal took pains to show that the Ahmansons' ultimate goals are theocratic, a charge that has been widely disseminated. Roberta at once denies and defends the claim: "I never was, and I don't know if Howard ever was either. I'm afraid to say this, but also, what would be so bad about it?"
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As long as you're driving a horse and buggy!
I'll bet Roberta Ahmanson uses naturalistic understanding of the world to cross a busy street.
One of my favorite examples of "methodological naturalism" is "if you're crossing a street and see a bus 25 feet away bearing down on you, do you stop to contemplate whether, perchance, it might suddenly disappear, instead of, in a wholly naturalistic way, continue towards you, with all the bone-crushing possibilities? ... Or do you run like hell?"
If you run, you are a naturalist.