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Exposing the Straw men of New Atheism: Part 1

Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism

This six part series by Karl Giberson exposes several “straw-man” arguments that New Atheists, especially Jerry Coyne, use when attacking religion. He first describes logical fallacies and then explains the nature of a straw-man argument. Throughout the posts, Giberson addresses claims made by Coyne such as “science uses evidence and religion uses faith” and “religion represents a fossilized set of ideas that only reluctantly change in the face of overwhelming pressure from science.”

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Exposing the Straw men of New Atheism: Part 1

Exposing the Straw men of New Atheism: Part 1

In addressing these ideas, my goal is not to “win” the argument about whether God exists. I think belief in God is incredibly complicated and that there are solid and defensible reasons to reject belief in God.
September 16, 2010 
Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
271
 
Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 2

Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 2

The first straw man I want to examine is the argument that scientific ideas are empirical and testable and religious ideas are not.
October 02, 2010 
Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
244
 
Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 3

Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 3

The second straw man I want to dismantle is the naïve “believer” that Coyne insists represents religion.
October 08, 2010 
Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
76
 
Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 4

Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 4

The third straw man I want to examine is the claim about philosophical consistency, which is used repeatedly to argue that science and religion are incompatible.
October 22, 2010 
Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
120
 
Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 5

Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 5

The fourth straw man I want to look at in this series is the claim that religion represents a fossilized set of ideas that only reluctantly change in the face of overwhelming pressure from science.
October 25, 2010 
Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
244
 
Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 6

Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 6

The final straw man I want to torch in this series is the claim that science uses evidence and religion uses faith.
November 13, 2010 
Karl Giberson 
Science & Worldviews 
201