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Philosophical Naturalism And The Origin Of Life

693 words - 3 pages

Upon considering the origin of man, a purely naturalistic philosophy that refuses to acknowledge a supernatural and transcendental cause is unable to provide a full account of anthropogenesis. One could examine this inability from two perspectives: in answering the question as to how life or “being” came into existence, and in answering the question as to why life or “being” came into existence and continues. Both of these questions give rise to, and/or arise from, the observance of contingency.
Contingent beings are those which cannot provide their own existence, and whose existence is not necessary. Contingent beings receive their existence from another being or beings. Upon examining ...view middle of the document...

, all observable life,) are dependent upon. Considering the following points: that there must be a first cause, that this first cause does not merely possess being but is being, and that all contingent beings are dependent upon this first cause, one must therefore admit that such a being (the first cause) cannot exist within the realm of the natural world. As all observable beings are contingent, this first cause must therefore be transcendent. Human origins, therefore, cannot be explained from a naturalistic philosophy that does not allow for the initiative of a subsisting, transcendent cause upon which all life is dependent.
The previous paragraph has addressed the first question: “how has life or ‘being’ come into existence?” Now the second question as to why life or being came into existence shall be addressed. Teleology, the quality of nature and natural processes as being directed toward an end or shaped by a purpose, is unable to be observed in totality within the realm of naturalism. Because one observes that all beings in the natural world are...

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