An Explanation of Supernatural & Naturalistic Worldviews
To participate in the Clergy Project Forum, current or former religious leaders are required to have actively rejected a belief in a supernatural worldview and now accept a naturalistic one.
A supernatural worldview is one that accepts an order of existence that is beyond the visible and observable universe, appearing to transcend the laws of nature, what can be explained by nature, accepted scientific understanding, or the application of the scientific method.
This view is usually attributed to an invisible agent, especially of or relating to a god, demigod, spirit, ghosts, or devils. However, it can refer to anything that is above or beyond the natural world, and attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding.
A naturalistic worldview is explained well by Robert T. Carroll in the Skeptics Dictionary as “…one that has no supernatural or mystical element to it. The universe is all we can ever hope to know and there is no compelling reason to posit a supernatural world beyond and in addition to the natural world. The infusion of supernatural elements into human societies is itself a natural phenomenon that has a naturalistic origin and history. There may be elements or forces in nature that are not understood, but there is nothing that requires magical thinking or superstitious positing of transcendent beings to account for them.” [http://www.skepdic.com/naturalism.html]
TCP members no longer hold supernatural beliefs. This is reflected in the following statement:
We do not believe in:
A sentient universe
Practices that emanate from belief in mystical forces such as:
As well as using the following as a method of disease prevention:
The above list is not intended to be comprehensive. A Clergy Project Forum Member necessarily holds a naturalistic worldview as explained above .
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