Jerry Coyne Criticizes A.C. Grayling’s Handling of God Arguments, But Coyne Gets It Wrong Himself

Jerry Coyne is a Harvard-educated, brilliant professor of biology who is an expert on biological evolution. His book, Why Evolution Is True, is a "must-read" for anyone interested in, well, why evolution is true.He also likes to write about topics outside of his area of expertise, including the philosophy of religion. As I've explained before, non-experts have the right to write about topics outside their area of expertise, but they owe it to themselves and their readers to make sure they k … [Read more...]

An Example of Why Atheists Need to do Effective Counter-Apologetics and an Example of How Not to Do That

1. An Example of Why Atheists Need to do Effective Counter-ApologeticsYou could call this post a sequel to my earlier post, "On Caring about Whether Other People Become Naturalists."Christian apologist Greg Koukl has released a video arguing that, yes, atheists suppress the truth in unrighteousness. For those of us who are familiar with the Christian apologetics literature, it will come as no surprise that Koukl states that Romans 1 teaches this position, a position which Randal Rauser … [Read more...]

Guest Post by Angra Mainyu: Determinism and Compatibilism: A Reply to Jerry Coyne

Note: The following post is a guest post by SO commenter Angra Mainyu.In this post, Jerry Coyne made a some ethical and metaethical claims, as well as some claims about compatibilists. In this post, I would like to address some of his claims about compatibilists. I think the failure of many compatibilists to give explicit definitions of the term is that so doing would would expose the intellectual vacuity of their arguments. You’ll look in vain in Dennett’s piece for his definition of free w … [Read more...]

Jerry Coyne on Atheists Criticizing Other Atheists

On his website, Jerry Coyne yesterday wrote a blog post with the provocative question, "Why Do Many Atheists Hate the New Atheists?" The blog post seems to be the result of a book-length attack on the new atheists by C.J. Werleman (link).Now I haven't read Werleman's book or, for that matter, many other critiques of the new atheists by fellow atheists. What I found interesting was Coyne's summary of atheistic critiques of the new atheists: The critique of New Atheists by other atheists s … [Read more...]

Jerry Coyne Blocking: Episode II

I'll make this very brief and to the point. Jerry Coyne wrote something on his website. (The details don't even matter, but if you're curious, you can read the article here.) A scientist named Ben Allen disagrees with something Coyne wrote. Allen submits a comment critical of Coyne's claim in the combox on Coyne's website. Allen is subsequently blocked from his site. Because of the scientific nature of the disagreement and Allen's scientific credentials, however, Allen attracts the attention of … [Read more...]

G&T Rebuttal, Part 6: Chapter 7

Chapter 7. Mother Theresa vs. Hitler  In this chapter, G&T present a version of the moral argument for God's existence which I call the "Moral Laws Require a Moral Lawgiver Argument," which they formulate as follows. 1. Every law has a law giver. 2. There is a Moral Law.3. Therefore, there is a Moral Law Giver. Like the earlier arguments, this argument is deductively valid. Like the earlier chapters about this argument, I plan to briefly summarize G&T's defense of … [Read more...]

Index: Atheist Error Theorists

Many atheists have claimed that atheism entails that moral realism is false; many theistic apologists gleefully quote those atheists. But how do those atheists support their claim? This page provides an index to other Secular Outpost posts which discuss specific atheists' arguments for the claim that atheism somehow supports moral nihilism or error theory.Coyne, Jerry (see here; cf. here, here, here) "John" (see here and here) Mackie, J.L. (see here) Provine, William (see here … [Read more...]

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...]