Outside the province

In ideologies, outside the province, or the “outside the province” argument, refers to the notion, position, or belief, held by some, mostly those of the religion-adhering type, that certain queries or subjects of the humanities, e.g. ethics, and or human nature lie outside the bounds of scientific measurement, hypothesis, theory and or discussion.

The following are example quotes:

“There are problems to whose solution I would attach an infinitely greater importance than to those of mathematics, for example touching ethics, or our relation to god, or concerning our destiny and our future; but their solution lies wholly beyond us and completely outside the province of science.”
Carl Gauss (c.1847), later years musings on philosophy and religion [1]

Ethics lie outside the province of science. Science doesn’t make ethical judgments.”
— William Craig (c.2003), “Interview with Lee Strobel” [2]

“Do I have a soul? If a soul is something that only God can examine, then that's not a question science is qualified to address. No scientist I know can prod or scratch a soul. (Assuming one exists.) It is not a scientific object or a theory.”
Bruce Bathurst (2009), “Why I’m Not a Molecule” [3]

See also
Unbridgeable gap
● NOMA | Non-overlapping magisteria

1. (a) Newman, James R. (1956). The World of Mathematics, Volumes 1 (pg. 314) (Ѻ). Publisher.
(b) Muir, Jane. (1961). Of Men and Numbers: the Story of the Great Mathematicians (pgs. 181-82).C ourier Dover Publications.
2. Strobel, Lee. (2004). The Case for Faith (§5:113-52; quote, pg. #). Zondervan, 2009.
3. Bathurst, Bruce. (2009). “Why I’m Not a Molecule”, Hmolpedia threads (post #9), Aug 24.

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