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“On naturalism, or: Good and bad extrapolations in science | Uncommon Descent”

“On naturalism, or: Good and bad extrapolations in science | Uncommon Descent”

Just a small problem here: In his opening article, Eric McDonald highlights a critical flaw in Coyne’s scientific case against free will: scientists haven’t put forward any arguments in defence of determinism [From A very revealing post on naturalism, or: Good and bad extrapolations in science | Uncommon Descent] Oops.

The Public/Private Distinction and the Doofuses

The Public/Private Distinction and the Doofuses

Stanley Fish wrote a profound piece for the NY Times’ Opinionator Blog last Monday, “Are There Secular Reasons?” He’s addressing the Classic Liberal doctrine that public policy should always be decided on the basis of secular reasons, not religious ones; and in the end, he doubts there are any actually secular reasons. I read his article a couple days ago with the sort of disappointment only a blogger could know: he had said it so well, I couldn’t think of…

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Creationism and ID: Definition or Rhetoric?

Creationism and ID: Definition or Rhetoric?

Yesterday I tried to set aside a question about the relation between creationism and intelligent design, but bobxxx commented, I have a few things to say about creationism and intelligent design. I think people who pretend these are different ideas are being dishonest. Invoking creationism is the same as invoking supernatural magic. Invoking intelligent design is the same as invoking supernatural magic. … and it really does call for a thoughtful response. I have already answered him on the use…

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Jerry Coyne’s Line In the Sand

Jerry Coyne’s Line In the Sand

Yesterday in a very quick post I pointed to an inconsistency in Jerry Coyne’s New Republic article, “Seeing and Believing,” which is a critical review of two new books by the theistic evolutionists Kenneth Miller and Karl Giberson. Today I must mention several things I really appreciate about what he wrote, and offer some suggestions about what it it may mean. My first appreciation is this: far too often when Intelligent Design opponents speak of it in terms of creationism,…

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A Man of Great Faith

A Man of Great Faith

In his critical review in The New Republic of two theistic evolutionists, anti-theistic biologist Jerry Coyne speaks about various views of our fine-tuned universe. Contrasting materialist science with theism, he writes, Also, scientists have other explanations, ones based on reason rather than on faith. Perhaps some day, when we have a “theory of everything” that unifies all the forces of physics, we will see that this theory requires our universe to have the physical constants that we observe. Alternatively, there…

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