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Jerry Coyne’s Claim: Science And Religion Are Not Compatible

The religious emperor has no clothes? Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne is being a bit of a bomb thrower here with his claim that science and religion are flat out incompatible. See if you agree with his arguments. Is he clearing … Continue reading

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The End of Faith Through Critical Thinking

Here’s the Pew polling numbers on God belief: __________ And here’s University of Chicago geneticist Jerry Coyne’s tart take on what the numbers tell us: [P]racticing science erodes one’s religious belief. Sounds right to me. Critical thinking on weekdays and … Continue reading

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Does Science Refute God? The Intelligence Squared Debate

Hot off the grill. This was just posted at YouTube.

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Are Scientists Part of a Grand Conspiracy to Deny God’s Existence?

As part of a conspiracy series for British television, the BBC took five young earth creationists on a road trip to meet some prominent American scientists, including biologist Jerry Coyne of the University of Chicago and anthropologist Tim White of Berkeley. Were the … Continue reading

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When Experts Collide: Jerry Coyne verses James Shapiro

At his blog, evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne recently took after his University of Chicago colleague, James Shapiro, complaining about him in the following manner: Virtually all of the non-creationist opposition to the modern theory of evolution, and all of the … Continue reading

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Jerry Coyne, Dissectheist

At Uncommon Descent there is a contest going on, seeking from readers some new bit of coinage for accurately designating the Jerry Coyne-style atheist (the atheist obsessed with deconstructing and combating religion). I believe I’ve thought of the right word, and submitted it to … Continue reading

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Jerry Coyne: Free Will Is Also A Delusion

It’s not just God that’s a delusion. Free will is also. And our language should change to reflect it. That, at any rate, is University of Chicago biologist Jerry Coyne’s opinion. Here’s his recommendation, from his blog today, of what … Continue reading

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Atheism and Free Will: The End of Praise and Shame?

If you’re an atheist and have concluded that free will doesn’t exist, where does that leave praise and shame? Atheist Jerry Coyne, who does not believe humans have free will, suggests that it leaves praise and shame in the dust: … Continue reading

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Jerry Coyne Free Will Incoherence Watch: His Confession

At atheist Jerry Coyne’s blog, the following statement by Spinoza on free will is quoted with approval: Men are mistaken in thinking themselves free; their opinion is made up of consciousness of their own actions, and ignorance of the causes by … Continue reading

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Jerry Coyne vs. Ross Douthat: Why the Bible Persuades So Many (Even as Atheist Arguments Against It Don’t)

In thinking about the dust-up between Jerry Coyne and Ross Douthat over whether the miraculous stories in the Bible actually happened, and whether it matters (Coyne says yes, Douthat says no), it occurs to me that both of them are … Continue reading

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Jerry Coyne Trounces John Haught in Debate

I had a look-see at the University of Kentucky symposium that almost wasn’t posted on the Internet (because John Haught initially refused). I can’t blame Haught for his reluctance because Jerry Coyne cleaned his clock. Here’s the link to their talks. … Continue reading

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Richard Dawkins Won’t Debate William Lane Craig Because Craig Rationalizes Genocide

Though I’d like to see Richard Dawkins debate William Lane Craig, I actually think that Dawkins has given a good reason for not debating him, highlighting the following passage from Craig’s writings in which Craig rationalizes genocide: I have come to appreciate … Continue reading

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Follow the Entropy: A Pretty Good Argument for God’s Existence

The apparent fine-tuning of the cosmos’s physical constants is an unusually strong argument for God’s existence. Below, I’ll set out the argument very concisely, try to make a plausible case for it, and see if anybody in the comboxes comes around … Continue reading

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At New Scientist, Amanda Gefter Keeps the God Hypothesis in Play

A recent article at New Scientist titled “Existence: Why is there a universe?” by Amanda Gefter concludes rather inconclusively, implying that the God hypothesis cannot be removed from the intellectual table: Our understanding of creation relies on the validity of the laws of … Continue reading

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Atheist vs. Thomist: Did Jason Rosenhouse and Jerry Coyne Commit Logical Fallacies in Their Dust-Up with Edward Feser?

Who is being irrational here? In the midst of some recent exchanges between Thomist scholar Edward Feser and atheists Jason Rosenhouse and Jerry Coyne are some interesting questions concerning logical fallacies, and when we’re really guilty of having committed them. Jason Rosenhouse, for example, pointed … Continue reading

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Dead Parrot Watch: The Multiverse Appears To Be in Trouble. Does That Mean Atheism Is in Trouble Too?

In 2008, cosmologist Bernard Carr of Queen Mary University of London, told a science journalist for Discover the following: If there is only one universe, you might have to have a fine-tuner. If you don’t want God, you’d better have a … Continue reading

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Burdens of Proof: Why I’m (Still) an Agnostic

Who has the burden of proof on the God question—atheists or theists? I say neither because, when you raise an existential question, the truth is the whole. Nobody gets a free ride or has a prior right to win an … Continue reading

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Ask the Whale Question of the Republican Presidential Field!

For the 2012 primaries, I’d like to see the following question asked of the Republican presidential candidate field (during a debate): Do you believe that, five days after the universe began, there were whales in it? Genesis 1 says that there … Continue reading

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The Evolutionary Universe 1, Genesis Literalism 0

Question: Five days after the creation of the universe, were there whales? Answer: Obviously not. Why? Because the earth was not here five days after the universe began. And, for that matter, it was not here a billion years after the universe began. The earth … Continue reading

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Eugenics Revival Watch: Scientific American editor, Mariette DiChristina, calls eugenic goals expressed in 1911 “lofty aspirations”

Curiously, the editor at the Scientific American website (Mariette DiChristina) recently approved the posting, with only minimal comment, of an editorial written in its pages 100 years ago, in 1911, advocating eugenics. Here are three quotes from the editorial: It is not … Continue reading

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