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The Image of God Under Attack

The Image of God Under Attack

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference The image of God in humans is under attack. Evolutionary doctrine leads many thinkers to conclude that there is no essential difference between us and and any other organism. (By “evolutionary doctrine,” I am referring specifically to the version of evolutionary theory that says all organisms have come to be through blind, unguided processes of random variation, natural selection, and other statistical population effects such as genetic drift. Although…

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Coyne Responds on Free Will

Coyne Responds on Free Will

Jerry Coyne has responded to my piece (and others’) yesterday on his Free Will article in USAToday. He begins, Predictably, at his own website the Thinking Christian says that the assumption of natural laws that absolutely determine our choices is an unjustified a priori conclusion, not supported by science itself. (Nope, it’s a conclusion based on experience.) I’m disappointed that he didn’t notice what I wrote about that. I’ll try again. First, in a paragraph beginning “Now, certainly those laws,”…

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Jerry Coyne: “Why you don’t really have free will” – USATODAY.com

Jerry Coyne: “Why you don’t really have free will” – USATODAY.com

Jerry Coyne, who knows a lot about biology, doesn’t know nearly enough about other things on which he claims to be an authority. If what had written were only on his blog I would ignore it, but USAToday published it online: “Why you don’t really have free will.” It includes, Now there’s no way to rewind the tape of our lives to see if we can really make different choices in completely identical circumstances. But two lines of evidence suggest…

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It Must Be Christmas: I Agree With Jerry Coyne!

It Must Be Christmas: I Agree With Jerry Coyne!

I’ve been quite critical of University of Chicago biologist Jerry Coyne on more than one occasion, so I was quite surprised to find myself nodding in agreement with him today on a religion-related topic. He opened up this blog post saying, There’s a pretty dreadful piece by Tim Padgett in the latest online Time Magazine (I’m not sure about the print version) called “Having faith: what both Hitchens and fundamentalists don’t get about religion.“ It’s an attack on both fundamentalist Christianity…

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Coyne Was Right After All: Science Has Vanquished Christianity

Coyne Was Right After All: Science Has Vanquished Christianity

I ended last night’s post by asking whether Jerry Coyne might have been right when he wrote, Many religious claims about the “truth” have already been disproven by science. There was a second part to that claim (that religion has never disproved science) which I invite you to continue responding to on that other thread. Concerning this particular claim, I’ve given it some thought overnight, and I can see how Coyne reached that conclusion. Science has disproven religion repeatedly. I’m…

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Jerry Coyne: Intellectual Dishonesty, Or … ?

Jerry Coyne: Intellectual Dishonesty, Or … ?

This is not the first time I’ve had occasion to ask Jerry Coyne, which is it?  Is it culpable ignorance or is it intellectual dishonesty? In light of the accusation he makes of Alvin Plantinga, “Remarkably stupid remarks by a sophisticated theologian,” one is tempted to wonder whether another term fits Coyne even better, one he himself used there. But to call Coyne stupid would belittle the man, as it does any person; and it would also belittle the gravity of his error:…

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David Heddle on Jerry Coyne

David Heddle on Jerry Coyne

Thank you, David Heddle: Speaking of irony, Jerry’s little joke about [Thinking Christian as an] “oxymoron” in a post about debating is particularly ironic…. [From He Lives: Jerry Coyne, Slug] I didn’t even see that Jerry Coyne post you mentioned until just now, because this time he didn’t link to my blog. I only read his blog when I see links from there coming to mine. Anyway, next time you’re really going to have to let me pay for breakfast.

Friends and Bloggers

Friends and Bloggers

This morning at Panera Bread I ran into a good friend of mine, David Heddle, a professor of mathematics and physics who has recently re-activated his always interesting, frequently provocative blog, He Lives. I’m happy he’s blogging again, and I certainly recommend you follow him on it. On Monday he inaugurated the Jerry Coyne Lidless Eye Award, named after another blogger who, coincidentally enough, had honored me with a mention on his own blog (Why Evolution is True) just a…

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Jerry Coyne: Either Culpable Ignorance, Or Else … ?

Jerry Coyne: Either Culpable Ignorance, Or Else … ?

Update again, 10/20/11: I bid a hearty welcome to visitors from Dr. Coyne’s website. (I appreciate the link, Dr. Coyne.) He seems to have a policy of not allowing my comments to remain on his site, except for those that he can twist to suit his own purposes, as I have indicated in my earlier updates here. For that reason I will not be trying to join your conversation, but you’re welcome to join mine, or (since he brought it…

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