"Methodological naturalism is the label for the required assumption of philosophical naturalism when working with the scientific method. Methodological naturalists limit their scientific research to the study of natural causes, because any attempts to define causal relationships with the supernatural are never fruitful, and result in the creation of scientific "dead ends" and God of the gaps-type hypotheses. To avoid these traps scientists assume that all causes are empirical and naturalistic; which means they can be measured, quantified and studied methodically.
"However, this assumption of naturalism need not extend beyond an assumption of methodology. This is what separates methodological naturalism from philosophical naturalism - the former is merely a tool and makes no truth claim; while the latter makes the philosophical - essentially atheistic - claim that only natural causes exist."
Can anyone doubt that the grand scientific theories simplified and promulgated in the mainstream discourse of our day are intended to form our understanding, not only of our physical surroundings, but of our self-understanding, and the courses of action we should take?
It cannot be doubted.
The grand theories of cosmology, evolution, climate change, and all the rest are narratives composed and arranged out of facts selected by the method of methodological naturalism.
What is more, all narratives must follow a certain logic. In our day, this logic is supplied by philosophical naturalism, i.e., materialistic atheism.
Therefore, the above quoted definition disingenuously separates method from philosophy.
However, the scientific method wasn't always practiced this way. In the past, many theistic scientists assumed a Creator and a creation designed to operate according to laws established by the Creator.
For the Christian, there is an additional source of true information found in special divine revelation--the Bible.
The Bible isn't a scientific textbook or naturalistic historical account. Yet, it presents us with true facts pertaining to history, natural phenomena, and the origins of the universe.
Before dismissing me as a wild-eyed biblical fundamentalist, let me ask a simple question:
What should have priority in the Christian mind--the Christian Creed or atheistic narratives arranged from facts selected by a method presupposing naturalism? In other words, is Theology the Queen of the Sciences or not?