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5. Comment #185637 by kraut

considering there is nothing "supernatural" out there, not a hard line to draw.Everything is explainable rationally, but for some (quite a few) phenomena we just haven't found the correct explanation yet.

That is a faith based assertion, that can't even begin to be justified. Without omniscience one cannot possible justify it. It is however a cute sentiment.

Skepticism, in a philosophical sense is universal doubt of unjustified and unsupported assertions. Not just supernatural ones.

Supernatural claims are fundamentally useless, and unfalsifiable/unvarifiable in principle. Because it would require that you have a complete and absolute understanding of nature before you could justifiably say that something was a violation or interuption in natural laws. That is the rational reason for rejecting supernatural explanations. Not because they are impossible, which equally pretends to a complete knowledge and understanding of natural law and the universe.

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