Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Jerry Coyne Attacks Religion Again
Dr. Jerry Coyne, arch-Darwinist and anti-religionist, has written a flaming editorial in USA Today against religion and for the objectivity and rationality of science. I posted a response on his web page to one particularly odd claim he made. Here is my post to his Why Evolution is True Web Page:
I could not find anywhere else to post this response to your editorial in USA Today. So, I am doing it here. I hope you do not mind.
You say you have never met a Christian who could specify a fact that would make him or her give up their faith. Really? The Apostle Paul says that if Christ is not raised from the death, the Christian faith is false and contemptible (See 1 Corinthians 15:17). I agree. If conclusive arguments could be shown that Christ is dead and buried and that the beliefs of the apostles and the rest of the early church were false, I would give up Christianity. But after studying Christianity in relation to challenges from atheists and other religions, I remain convinced that it is both true and reasonable.
I could say much more about your editorial, but now you have met (at least on line) one Christian who has stipulated a fact, that if shown to be true, would refute his religious convictions.
Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy