“A Spoonful of Jesus Helps Darwin Go Down” by Jerry Coyne
|April 23, 2009||Posted by scordova under Culture, Education, Intelligent Design, Religion|
In “A Spoonful of Jesus Helps Darwin Go Down”, Coyne criticizes the NCSE:
The pro-religion stance of the NCSE is offensive and unnecessary
Coyne also criticizes Ken Miller’s writings as
perilously close to intelligent design; indeed, it may well be a form of intelligent design.
Coyne articulates the way to teach evolutionary biology:
If we’re to defend evolutionary biology, we must defend it as a science: a nonteleological theory in which the panoply of life results from the action of natural selection and genetic drift acting on random mutations.
But my main beef is this: the NCSE touts, shelters, or gives its imprimatur to intellectuals and scientists who are either “supernaturalists” (the word that A. C. Grayling uses for those who see supernatural incursions into the universe)..(Among the former are Kenneth Miller and John Haught, the latter Michael Ruse and Francisco Ayala).
by consorting with scientists and philosophers who incorporate supernaturalism into their view of evolution, they erode the naturalism that underpins modern evolutionary theory.
My principal aim in this thread was to alert UD readers to Coyne’s weblog.
Rather than immediately expressing my opinions about Coyne’s postings, I invite the readers to visit Coyne’s weblog and express their reactions to what he has to say.
The title of Coyne’s article is a variation on a song “A spoonful of sugar” from the Walt Disney movie Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke. See: Julie Andrews sings “Spoonful of Sugar”
HT: Mike Gene, author of The Design Matrix