Edward Feser: Possibly the Worst New Atheist Book Yet – First Things

CK MacLeod

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  1. Chris says:

    Nothing in Coyne’s years of writing about religion online could possibly have led me to predict that he would display a shallow, facile, even offensively ignorant view of religion and religions. Nothing.

    I’m not even sure this book needed to be read. It would have taken a miracle for it to be good, and given Coyne’s position on miracles…Report

    • Will Truman in reply to Chris says:

      I’m having difficulty reconciling Paragraph 1 with Paragraph 2. Which makes me think I am missing sarcasm, nuance, or something else…Report

      • Chris in reply to Will Truman says:

        Paragraph one was sarcasm. What the passage CK quoted describes is exactly what you’d expect from his online writing on religion.Report

      • CK MacLeod in reply to Will Truman says:

        Been a long day, Trumwill?

        Par 1: Sarcastic!
        Par 2: Not so.
        Par 2, Second Sentence: Nice.

        I once or twice commented at Coyne’s blog, and even got into discussion – entirely polite! – with some of his commenters. However, I soon got moderated into the void for what I had thought was a rather indifferently objective description of one or another point of view, and decided not to return. He’s a prime example of one of those unintentional allies that your Chris’ beloved Berlinski (kidding!) promised to give a ram in sacrifice for gratitude.Report

      • El Muneco in reply to Will Truman says:

        Full disclosure: I do have Coyne’s blog in my RSS feed, but I’m not a part of the commentariat.

        IMO, Coyne as a biologist is in pretty much the same position as Ben Carson as a neurosurgeon. Within his own sphere, he’s pretty much a demigod. Outside it, not so much. Coyne’s is a bit bigger than Carson’s (unfortunately for all of us).

        His deep thoughts on religion are no better than mine – and I’m a second-generation freethinker (albeit a graduate of an institution serious enough about religion that it had four superfluous ‘v’ substitutions in the motto). Probably worse, since I’m actually interested in the relevant history, while he (to quote likely 2016 Top Gear replacement presenter Sabine Schmitz, in a different context) “He… isn’t”.Report