“God and Nature” (SB 2.10.45)

Alachua - October 5, 1994 / (075)

Natural philosophers identified with the Judeo-Christian tradition sometimes argue that the everyday world obeys the laws of physics, and that a role for God exclusively focuses upon maintaining these laws. Aspects of this argument could suggest the absence of a direct link between God and Nature, a theological dilemma that Thompson humorously compares to “trying to write in the sand with cooked spaghetti.” Perhaps in part influenced by concerns such as these, modern naturalists tend to not only banish supernatural interaction from the realm of the possible, but to consider serious examination of even the theoretical possibility of paranormal phenomenon as confirmation of a hoax.