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Meaning, Morality and Jerry Coyne’s World

After Lawrence Krauss, Jerry Coyne seems to be the most likely candidate to inherit Richard Dawkins’ status as patron saint of New Atheism. He certainly has the qualifications – he is respected scientist who communicates complicated ideas with enviable ease. His recent dispute with New York Times columnist Ross Douthat reveals that he has none of the disqualifications: his worldview is far from coherent, and he is not above concealing an unconvincing argument behind bluff and bluster.

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Lawrence Krauss, Philosophy and the Demands of Physicists

‘You have to listen to me, but I don’t have to listen to you!’

When physicist Lawrence Krauss and philosopher of religion William Lane Craig debated each other in Australia in August 2013, I think it would be fair to say that they didn’t see eye-to-eye.

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Krauss, Craig, Dawkins and a Difficult Week for McAtheism

By this stage, the dogs in the street should know that New Atheism has no particular intellectual force; it can only impress those who share its naïve secularism. Over the last week, however, even secularists have noticed that the New Atheism might be a threat to civil discourse.

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McAtheism and the McChurch

Atheist philosopher Quentin Smith once complained:

If each naturalist who does not specialize in the philosophy of religion (i.e., over ninety-nine percent of naturalists) were locked in a room with theists who do specialize in the philosophy of religion, and if the ensuing debates were refereed by a naturalist who had a specialization in the philosophy of religion, the naturalist referee could at most hope the outcome would be that “no definite conclusion can be drawn regarding the rationality of faith,” although I expect the most probable outcome is that the naturalist, wanting to be a fair and objective referee, would have to conclude that the theists definitely had the upper hand in every single argument or debate.

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Where There is No Vision, the People Tweet

Winston Churchill was once asked how long he spent preparing his speeches. Adapting Mark Twain, he replied “If you want me to deliver a two minute speech, I should like a fortnight to prepare; if you would like me to speak for two hours, I am ready to begin right now!” This leaves us wondering how long Winston would have spent preparing 140 characters for a world-wide audience.

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