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Jerry Coyne, Robert Wright, and the Evolution of God

I’ve read the first couple chapters of Robert Wright’s new book, The Evolution of God, and I’m not interested in prejudging it as a whole before I’m actually finished with it, but so far it’s a very stimulating read. The book is densely argued, … Continue reading

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The Rhetorical Atheist Falcon and Yeats’s “passionate intensity”: Directness of Speech and the Problem of Nuance and Qualification in Debating Religion

I like directness in speech. But if this is the case, why, at this very blog, do I so often critique the rhetorical directness of New Atheists like Jerry Coyne, PZ Myers, and Richard Dawkins? Isn’t this a gross contradiction? I don’t think … Continue reading

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Jerry Coyne: An Angry Evolutionary Biologist Fed Up with Religion qua Religion

University of Chicago evolutionary biologist, Jerry Coyne, has run out of patience with Americans who reject the theory of evolution (that is, most of them). At his blog this past week he wrote: The dominant strategy of scientific organizations engaged … Continue reading

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Canadian Atheist Visits the Young Earth Creationist Museum in Kentucky and is Asked to Turn His “There’s Probably No God” Shirt Inside Out Before Entering

Then towards the end of the exhibit, because he and his buddies were laughing at the displays, they asked him to leave: I’m of two minds about this. First, the museum is completely private property and those who own it … Continue reading

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PZ Myers: The Rush Limbaugh of Atheism?

I certainly understand why people like PZ Myers’s style. It is easy and uncomplex, and impatient with nuance. It’s what makes Fox News so popular. And it may well draw a crowd of young people. Myers is ever on the … Continue reading

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Are You Really Sure You Want God to be Dead?

If atheism were to achieve its “godless humanity” wish, what Huxlian Brave New World might arrive with this advent? If you’re an atheist, doesn’t this give you just a little bit of pause? Or is atheism simply a matter of truth for you, … Continue reading

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Contemporary Confidence Faitheism v. Harvard Biologist George Wald

Harvard biologist George Wald died in 1997, but I can’t help but wonder what he would have made of the vanguard biologists (Richard Dawkins, Jerry Coyne, and PZ Myers) who make up the post 9-11 new “confidence atheists” or “faitheists.” Dr. Wald … Continue reading

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Hollywood Tries to Tackle the Science v. Religion Question Accompanied by Exorcist Music and Explosions

I haven’t seen the film, but the trailer makes it appear at least mildly interesting (philosophically and as a measure of our cultural Zeitgeist ):

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Sure, Atheism’s Not a Faith

Confidence atheist PZ Myers this week on how (contra Francis Collins) he reconciles his atheist faith with the curious life-friendly values of the cosmological constants: What about chance? There’s nothing impossible about the fact that our universe was the product … Continue reading

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Atheist Sam Harris, Evangelical Francis Collins, and the Soft Bigotry of Strict Naturalism

In a recent piece for the New York Times, atheist Sam Harris has told us that he isn’t comfy with Francis Collins being appointed by President Barack Obama as the new director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH): Francis Collins is an … Continue reading

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Afairyism and Atheism: Are Disbelieving in Fairies and Disbelieving in God Epistemically Equivelent?

Ah, no. There are no good reasons that I can think of for believing in fairies (nor have I ever heard any advanced). There are, however, a multitude of good reasons that I can think of for believing that mind … Continue reading

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A Success Secret of Barack Obama? Conciliatory Rhetoric as a Ruthless Political Strategy for Isolating Opponents?

Isolate with love, empathy, and dialogue? This is a technique that Jonathan Chait thinks that Barack Obama uses as a sort of cunning ju-jitsu on his opposition. By drawing opponents out, inviting them into cooperation and compromise, he actually succeeds, … Continue reading

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Monotheism “depends on the circumstances in which it finds itself”: Robert Wright on King Josiah and the Evolution of God Belief

At Salon.com today, Robert Wright offers his take on King Josiah, the severe monotheist and zealously iconoclastic (that is, idol destroying) king in the biblical Book of Kings, as well as the evolution of Hebrew monotheism to a kinder, gentler form … Continue reading

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The Ubermensch v. The Last Man: Nietzsche Contemplates the “Death of God”

From The Gay Science, aphorism 343: The meaning of our cheerfulness.— The greatest recent event—that “God is dead,” that the belief in the Christian God has become unbelievable—is already beginning to cast its first shadows over Europe. For the few … Continue reading

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Biologist PZ Myers v. Calvinist Philosopher Alvin Plantinga: Is the Brain a Reliable Perceiver of Truth? And if Not, Can Scientific Procedures Function, As It Were, as Vitamin Supplements to Our Otherwise Pallid and Unreliable Monkey Brains?

Biologist PZ Myers today fisks Calvinist philosopher Alvin Plantinga’s essay (written last summer) in which Plantinga claims that evolutionary naturalism is not a coherent intellectual position because we can have no confidence that our brains have evolved to reliably discern truth from error, including the … Continue reading

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Atheist Dittoheads?: Camouflage, PZ Myers, Rush Limbaugh, and the Corruption of Public Discourse

  I’d like to offer the above old drawing of Native Americans hunting deer as a kind of parable for the PZ Myers Catholic host stealing incident, and for thinking about the corrosive effect of camoflauge on human relations and discourse. There are many … Continue reading

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Think, and Think Different: An Image of William F. Buckley, Catholic Intellectual

  Whether you are a liberal or a conservative, religious or secular, William F. Buckley can be a role model, for he embodied civility and thoughtfulness.

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Santi Tafarella v. PZ Myers: An Agnostic Urges Liberals, Secular and Religious, to Boycott PZ Myers

University of Minnesota biologist, and now illiberal iconoclast, PZ Myers, has managed to get hold of a consecrated host and desecrate it. Here’s his post on it: OK, time for the anticlimax. I know some of you have proposed intricate … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just Communion Wafers That Are Sacred: How PZ Myers Puts First Editions of Darwin’s “Origin of Species” and Trilobite Fossils at Risk

University of Minnesota biologist PZ Myers’s iconoclastic stupidity is putting not just Catholics at risk of harrassment, but atheists. He’s attempting to make it socially acceptable to infiltrate the inner sanctum of groups, play their members for fools, and then post … Continue reading

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PZ Myers is Wrong About Host Desecration: An Agnostic Urges Other Agnostics and Atheists to Shun PZ Myers Until He Reaffirms Liberal Values

University of Minnesota biologist, PZ Myers, has seriously dug-in on the host desecration issue, once again confirming his illiberalism. In an interview with the Minnesota Independent this week, there was this exchange: MnIndy: Has the outrcry over your post given you second thoughts … Continue reading

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