Nearer My Atheism to Thee: How to Respond to Theists
By MICHAEL SHERMER - TRUE/SLANT
Added: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 00:00:00 UTC
CNN article by Michael Shermer posted on RD.net 26-Nov http://richarddawkins.net/articles/4673
On the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwinâs On the Origin of Species (Tuesday, November 24) I wrote an invited opinion editorial for CNN.
The title, âReligion, Evolution can Live Side by Side,â was written by the CNN editors, but it does capture the thrust of the piece, as it seems to me that believers who accept Newtonâs theory of gravity as the means by which God creates stars, planets, solar systems, galaxies, and universes, can just as readily accept Darwinâs theory of evolution as the means by which God creates life.
Perhaps predictably, there have been critics responding on both sides, most notably the estimable Jerry Coyne, the author of one of the best books ever written on the subject, Why Evolution is True, in his web page of the same title called me an âaccommodationistâ and even a âfaitheistâ (not sure what that is—âfaith atheistâ? but itâs clever!) Anyway, Jerry is âdisappointedâ in me and wonders if Iâve gone soft in the brain because of a Templeton Foundation sponsorship. Read it here.
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