The materialist wants to exclude the metaphysical (hence the naturalistic stance) from the equation so they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to deal with the truth of it. But, true science proceeds by Ã¢â‚¬Å“NOTÃ¢â‚¬Â excluding anything, because; with exclusion comes lack of knowledge. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like cutting off your left hand because you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like what it brings to the table. Or, cutting off your nose to spite your faceÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lose-lose situation.
Like Paul said: The materialist sees evidence of the creator all around him. He just chooses to ignore that evidenceÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
This should be the foundation of all of these discussions.
Science, and every field of science is a paradigm.
Beleif in God is a paradigm.
Each paradigm is a limiting factor of understanding the truth.
When we allow ourselves to venture into another paradigm, we always gain more of the truth. I will use a biblical example.
In studying Revelation there are four primary views of understanding. Each one is a paradigm. Usually we all are in a church which leans toward just one of these views. I certainly do. However, when we study all four views in detail, then we can understand that all four have a certian amount of truth in them. When we finish our study, we will still usually lean to one view, but the amount of truth we have will have been expanded.
I will now use a political example. Republicans tend to be very logical, and financial oriented. Democrats tend to be more people/emotional/ feeling oriented. Not one of these orientations is bad. In fact they are good. However, When republicans break their paradigm and become more people/emotional/feeling oriented, then they will win. When democrats become more logical/ financial oriented then they win. We have seen this play out in every election at least since Reagan. (This, of course assumes no deceipt)
Now when it comes to modern day science, the fact is naturalism is a very limiting paradigm. That's why when all the evidence is examined, nature ends up having all the attributes that religious people would attribute towards God. Nature ends up being an infinite source of power with substantial, indescribable, inmaterial forces and entities. And none of these inmaterial forces have a cause.
When the scientific paradigm is expanded to include the possibility of God, then all of these inmaterial forces in the universe make much more sense.