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Scientific Naturalism and the Argument from Consciousness

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What is Scientific Naturalism?

Scientific naturalism, or strict naturalism, is the view that the spatio-temporal universe of entities postulated by our best current (or ideal) sciences, particularly physics, is all there is (Moreland, 2012, p.284) This world-view aims to provide an event-causal, scientific account of how everything has come to be and a general ontology in which the only entities which exist are those which bear a relevant similarity to those which would characterise a completed form of physics (Moreland, 2012, pp.282-285).

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Reflections on the Pennsylvania Abuse Scandal

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The revelations contained in a Pennsylvania grand jury report into child sex abuse within the Catholic Church strike the reader like a physical blow. Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s investigation has uncovered facts almost too unbearable to read.  The scale alone is disturbing: for over seven decades, about eight per cent of the 5000 priests who served in Pennsylvania abused over 1000 children.

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