Darwinian Debating Device #10: “The Double Standard”
|October 17, 2014||Posted by Barry Arrington under Darwinian Debating Devices|
Update: Republished as part of the Darwinian Debating Devices series.
In this post Dr. Torley engages in a philosophical discussion about the nature of God. In the comment thread we have Graham2 saying:
This site lost any claim to the practice of impartial science long long ago.
And william spearshake says:
UD, which purports to be in support of the “science” of ID, supposedly not religiously based, loses what little credibility it has when it’s moderator continues to allow articles that are purely religious.
It should be noted for the record that Dr. Torley did not start this discussion. He was responding to a post by one of the world’s most prominent materialist atheists, Jerry Coyne.
I did a quick check through the comment thread to Dr. Coyne’s post, and I did not see anything from Graham2 or william about how Coyne’s site could no longer be considered a credible source of information about evolutionary science. Maybe I missed it. If so, I am sure Graham2 or william will point it out. I won’t be holding my breath.
In summary, when atheist Coyne talks about religious issues, he gets a free pass, but when UD responds to Coyne’s post we are accused of losing our scientific credibility. There’s a double standard for you.
Here’s a clue for Graham2 and william. Religion and evolution have been inextricably intertwined since at least Origin of Species, which is an intensely and self-consciously religious text at its very core.