Yes, Jerry, You Have the Right to Criticize the PoR

After having the audacity to publicly respond to Jerry Coyne's criticism of a previous blog post--the horror!-Jerry Coyne continues to block me from posting comments on his web site. In a recent post, he endorses John Loftus's call for the end of the philosophy of religion at secular universities. But he also begins his post with what I assume is a veiled response to me. In my revised response to Coyne, I wrote: Since Coyne is a professional biologist, not a philosopher, he is not an expert on … [Read more...]

Taylor Carr Responds to Atheist Critics of Philosophy of Religion

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Atheist Critics of Philosophy of Religion

There are some atheists (such as Boghossian and Coyne, among others) who criticize the philosophy of religion as undeserving of respect. They unwittingly contradict themselves by ... doing philosophy of religion! (Hint: if you're writing about how God is fictional, faith is an unreliable epistemology, etc., you're doing philosophy of religion whether you know it or not.) … [Read more...]

Does Evolution “Explain” Objective Morality? A Reply to Jerry Coyne

Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne recently wrote about Leah Libresco's conversion from atheism to Catholicism based on a moral argument for God's existence. In his article, Coyne promotes the idea, which he has done many times before, that biological evolution somehow "explains" objective morality. While there is a sense in which Coyne is correct, that has nothing whatsoever to do with the kind of moral argument which Libresco finds persuasive. So while I join Coyne in rejecting Libresco's … [Read more...]

I Post a Reply to Jerry Coyne and Now I Am Blocked from Commenting on His Blog

I am used to this kind of behavior from some Christiana apologists, but not from fellow atheists. When I attempted to post the following comment on his blog post, alerting his readers to the fact that Coyne had unintentionally misrepresented my argument, I learned that I have been blocked from commenting on his blog.Dr. Coyne -- Thanks for your article and your interest in the argument. I don't think you've fairly represented Draper argument, however. I will explain why in detail on my blog … [Read more...]

The Evidential Argument from Moral Agency Revisited: A Reply to Jerry Coyne

1. IntroductionBiologist Jerry Coyne recently blogged about an argument I've called the "evidential argument from moral agency" (EMA). The argument was formulated by (then-agnostic, now-atheist) Paul Draper in an article in the American Philosophical Quarterly. (See here for a free copy.) I've blogged about the argument twice: see here and here.  It appears that Coyne has only seen the first blog post, which he says he finds easier to read than Draper's essay, but since he doesn't actually … [Read more...]

How Not to Refute an Argument from Moral Law for God’s Existence

Jerry Coyne just posted an article titled, "Paul Bloom debunks the 'Moral Law argument for God.'" I found myself getting irritated as I read the article because it's obvious Coyne doesn't know what he is talking about. Before we get to Bloom’s findings, what is the “moral law argument”? It’s simply this: human altruism can’t be explained by any kind of evolution. What I mean is pure altruism, whereby an animal helps another animal not only unrelated to it, but not part of its social group, and h … [Read more...]


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