Science doesn’t need methodological naturalism. It doesn’t need methodological theism, either.
Oh, it’s very difficult to concede that you were mistaken about something. Especially, I would say, for males.
Trilobites look up silently from their Burgess Shale rock slabs, with sad eyes, asking, “Where did I come from?”
Think, for example, of the late Stephen Hawking and how his fevered pronouncements in his final years were received.
Dawes and Smith say they’re simply describing (as a “matter of fact”) the history of science.