Intelligent Design (ID) advocate David Klinghoffer, an Orthodox Jew, spends a lot of time attacking me on the Discovery Institute Website Evolution News. It’s almost an obsessive animus, for he regularly trawls this site looking for ammunition. But I pay little attention to the man…
First of all, his criticisms of me have nothing to do with science, but are recycled tropes about how horrible atheism is. That’s because Klinghoffer and his ID cronies have no scientific ammunition against evolution, and so are reduced to ad hominems about evolutionists or criticisms of unbelief or moans about the destructive effects of accepting evolution. He also beefs endlessly about my “tone”. Sorry, but Liars for Moses—or Jesus—don’t deserve respect. Klinghoffer is irrelevant in any serious scientific discourse.Jerry Coyne, “An ID advocate, lacking scientific arguments, claims that atheism saps life of meaning” at Why Evolution Is True
Coyne is referring to this post: “Good Question for the Next Darwinist You Meet.”
One wonders how Coyne knows all this about Klinghoffer if he pays “very little attention to the man” (he seems to know more than we do). But never mind.
He tells readers, “The “Darwinian Perspective,” or at least the atheistic one, hadn’t at all proved terribly corrosive. Indeed, people found it liberating.”
Hmmm. When someone tells us that people find their perspective liberating, we tend to wonder, which people find it so? Sometimes circular but always informative.
Coyne is the sort of person that, if he didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him. See, for example,
Jerry Coyne insists that secular humanism is not a religion
See also: Jerry Coyne on hwo mathematician John Lennox embarrasses himself
Neurosurgeon Michael Egnor has become Jerry Coyne’s “archenemy”
Jerry Coyne discovers the lack of intellectual freedom on campus
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