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Name: James Edward Stroud
Background: Undergraduate studies History & Philosophy of Religion (Cum Laude)
Graduate studies in Ancient History (currently 4.0)
Having a background in both history as well as philosophy has greatly helped me to see many of the current "holes" in historic methodology. So far all of the objections I have received are not based on logic or evidences but on biases; for example when I say that the subject of Origins belongs more to the historian than the scientist the scientist (whether justified or not) often times feels challenged. Moreover when I state that my historic methodology should not be undergirded by a default position that presupposes that "Naturalism" is true, I am frequently attacked because I am challenging established philosophy of science and therefore philosophy of history. This is a somewhat dubious point and one merely on opinion if not backed up with "factual" evidences. I have debated many PhD philosophers on this subject so I am not coming into this debate naively. I greatly wish to get my work into as many peoples' hands as possible so that it can be reviewed and challenged (just not illogical ramblings please; I have dealt with plenty of those in the 1990s when I did my first-undergraduate studies.
I would love for you to buy my work (all proceeds go to charity I do not make a cent), but if you cannot or choose not to buy it please contact me with a name and address and I will send you a copy for Free if you will simply give me the honor of having a critique good/bad/ugly and where you feel it is strong or weak *and please if you feel that I am "false" in any area please break down "why" I am wrong and "why" the opposite presupposition is true.
Thank you sincerely -
Mr. Stroud, with whom I have worked with in the past, has chosen a good topic of discussion in the Philosophy of History because it is not a common one. While I as a doctor do applaud naturalism in the study of science; the pitfall lies in the misuse and abuse of the principle. Most scientists mistake the philosophy of naturalism to be the same as science. But it is not. Naturalism is a philosophy which itself is not subject to the scientific method of inquiry. If we can clearly differentiate between science and the philosophy of science, we will be able to see that the claims from many scientists regarding the supernatural are not based on science but on the philosophy of science, and as such they become the conclusions of circular reasoning. It is at this point that naturalism is misused and abused both by the scientist as well as the historian. If we place both religion and naturalism on the same level as beliefs, we can now appeal to science and ask whether there are any indirect scientific evidences which could help us decide which is more credible when it comes to the whole of our existence. The masquerading of naturalism as science has driven most of the secular study of historical events and has falsely described religion as quite inferior in value. They falsely claim that science is opposed to miracles found in religions, while the truth is that it is naturalism, (not science), that opposes the idea of miracles. Science cannot oppose what it does not study and Mr. Stroud has done an excellent job in surveying this very concept in his work surrounding the very philosophy of what we call history today.
Dr. Subodh Pandit, MD
James Stroud (MA Ancient & Classical History; BA Philosophy of Religion) worked on his first undergraduate in History at the University of Arkansas from 1996-2001 and later a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy of Religion in which he graduated Cum Laude. This book is a compilation of his revised Masters of Arts Thesis on the Philosophy of History. James is also a member of the Society of Collegiate Scholars, The Association of Ancient Historians (AAH), Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA), the Philosophical Research Society (PRS), and has personally visited many of the archaeological points of interest referenced in this book.
James most recently returned to the Midwest from the New York City area where he and his wife Gina have spent the last 2 years.