(This contest is now closed for judging. Thanks to all participants.) Judged here.
Crusade/jihad? No, it doesn’t properly describe this antic in a science journal (see also this). In the best tradition of our contest to come up with a term for a reviewer who does not read the book he is trashing (which resulted in noviewer as the winning entry), we now invite contest mavens to address the following problem:
From The Best Schools: “Jerry Coyne, Holy Warrior,” here.
Jerry Coyne has declared a holy war on theistic religions, in the name of his own atheistic religion, Darwinism.
We lack a word in English for the sort of campaign Coyne and his New Atheist friends are conducting against Christianity. Technically speaking, “crusades” are conducted under the sign of the cross, and “jihads” are conducted in the name of Allah.
What do you call a holy war conducted under the sign of the fish with little feet? Darwinade? Ichthypodihad?
Let’s just say “holy war,” and leave it at that.” More.
Leave it at that? Mmm, maybe not. We need a new Coynage. What should we call Coyne’s battle for incivility toward – and distortion of facts about – traditional religion?
For example, we might have called the Cold War “frostilities” …
Contest judged next Saturday, April 28, 2012. Prize is a copy of Nature of Nature: Examining the Role of Naturalism in Science, the best book available for understanding what both sides say on the Darwin vs. design controversy, in their own words.
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