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Misunderstood or Misrepresented: JT’s Straw-Man Version of My Beliefs

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Intellectually responsible debate requires understanding what you’re disputing. That’s one of the most well-established tenets of debate. When one side distorts the other, either by failing to understand or by intentional twisting, the debate is no longer about each side’s beliefs, but about one side’s false beliefs about the other’s beliefs. The result is usually that a weak straw man is put up and knocked down, in a classic display of fallacious reasoning.

Today I’ve seen a glaring instance of dispute without understanding. It’s at …


Expert Reveals: Even Aristotle Thought Humans Were Smarter Than Animals

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Are humans smarter than animals? Who do we go to for the answer?

A while back I wrote a piece for BreakPoint on “When There Are No Experts.” The idea there was that we’ve developed a culture that won’t make a decision until it’s been supported by scientific experts—and we’ll insist on doing things that way even when there are no experts. In no way do I mean to dismiss or diminish the value of scientific expertise. The problem is that we’ve made it …


Jerry Coyne’s Witch-Hunting Ways

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

If the essence of witch-hunting is in its minute inquiry, condemnation, and eventual throttling of what is feared as supernatural, then there’s a witch-hunt going on today in the most unlikely of places: among atheists in academia.

The self-appointed magistrate in charge of this beady-eyed hunt for bewitchery is Dr. Jerry Coyne, professor of biology at the University of Chicago. Last April on his “Why Evolution Is True” blog he exposed an Honors course being taught by Dr. Eric …


Darwin’s Doubt: Spoken Word

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Darwin’s Doubt: Spoken Word

Simply brilliant!


Morality and Human Nature: Why Atheists Get It Right and Wrong (Part 2)

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Atheists who believe it’s good to maximize human well-being cannot support that position with evidences or with reason, but only with prejudice and sentiment. In today’s post, the continuation of a topic I started two days ago on morality and human nature, I will try to explain and defend my reasons for saying so. I’ll begin by quoting some comments from recent threads, which I find to be typical among believers in naturalistic evolution.

I believe we can use a model of human needs …


Morality and Human Nature: Why Atheists Get It Right and Wrong (Part 1)

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

I thought you might be interested in these quotes concerning morality:

The first principle of morality is that “one ought always to choose … in a way that is compatible with a will towards integral human fulfillment…. Our integral good includes not only our bodily well-being but also our intellectual, moral, and spiritual well-being …. Principles of practical reason direct us to act or abstain from acting in certain ways out of respect for the well-being and legitimate interests of persons whose legitimate interests may …


Idolatry of Evolution

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

We’ve come full circle and then some since the days of the Israelites. God warned Jeremiah (Jer. 2:27) concerning those

who say to a tree, “You are my father,” and to a stone, “You gave me birth.”

The error is obvious. These idol worshipers were ascribing great power and personal intentionality to inanimate objects that possessed neither.

We’re much wiser now. Or are we? I wonder about those

who say to random variation, “You are our father,” and to natural selection, “You gave us birth.”


Darwin’s Doubt: Negative Reviews Undermining Their Own Principles

Monday, July 15th, 2013

One would think that self-proclaimed defenders of science would place great stock in the importance of evidence. It seems this should show up in any of their science-related knowledge claims. That does not seem to be the case, however, among those who have written negative reviews of Stephen C. Meyer’s new book Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. Just what is the place of evidence in reviews of Darwin’s Doubt? It seems there are plenty of negative …


Strategic Advice For Those Who Oppose Intelligent Design

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Unsolicited advice is rarely welcome, especially from someone with different views than one’s one, but I’m going to offer some anyway, for the benefit of those who oppose Intelligent Design.

This is not tongue-in-cheek advice, nor is it offered in a spirit of sarcasm. It’s genuine.

This is not about whether ID is right or wrong, it’s about your rhetorical strategy, which by now you must realize has been horribly ineffective, especially in the U.S. You frequently complain about how many people still disbelieve in …


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