Jerry Coyne has been running a series of posts on “Sophisticated Theologians™.” Here’s how they all go (check it out if you don’t believe me): Pick any difficult topic in theology, find someone who presents a non-obvious answer, call it “Sophisticated Theology™,” and laugh at it.
Coyne never bothers to consider whether the non-obvious answer actually makes sense within a theistic framework. If a theologian says it, and if it’s not obvious, it’s Sophisticated Theology™, an object of pure mockery.
It leaves me wondering. Four things, in particular:
I wonder what Coyne would think of someone calling microbiology Sophisticated Biology™, and mocking it because it’s Sophisticated™.
I wonder if he would laugh at theologian to deriding Sophisticated Biology™.
I wonder why he doesn’t recognize how laughably absurd it is the other way around.
I wonder why he misses that which is so terribly obvious that no Sophistication™ at all is required to see it: name-calling is silly, and mocking what one does not understand reveals far more about the mocker than what the mocker is making fun of.