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God, the Devil, and DarwinA Critique of Intelligent Design Theory$
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Niall Shanks

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161991

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195161998.001.0001

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Science and the Supernatural

Science and the Supernatural

(p.135) 4 Science and the Supernatural
God, the Devil, and Darwin

Niall Shanks

Oxford University Press

The creationist criticism of modern science that it rules out supernatural causation a priori and prejudicially, owing to a misplaced commitment to metaphysical naturalism, is discussed. It is argued that supernatural causation is not taken seriously at present because it is completely lacking in evidential support, and not because its very possibility has been dismissed prior to experiment, data, and interpretation. As a case study, a controlled, randomized, double-blind investigation by Harris et al. into the efficacy of intercessionary prayer on coronary patients, putative empirical evidence of supernatural causation, is examined and shown to be, at very best, inconclusive.

Keywords:   evidence, Harris, medicine, naturalism, prayer, supernatural causation

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