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.”
  • Exposing the Straw men of New Atheism: Part 1

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    Exposing the Straw men of New Atheism: Part 1

        ...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... Read More >

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  • Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 2

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        The first straw man I want to examine is the argument that scientific ideas are empirical and testable and religious ideas are not. Read More >

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  • Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 3

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        The second straw man I want to dismantle is the naïve “believer” that Coyne insists represents religion. Read More >

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  • Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 4

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    Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 4 | Karl Giberson

        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. Read More >

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  • Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 5

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    Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 5 | Karl Giberson

        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 ove... Read More >

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  • Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 6

    | Karl Giberson
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    Exposing the Straw Men of New Atheism: Part 6 | Karl Giberson

        The final straw man I want to torch in this series is the claim that science uses evidence and religion uses faith. Read More >

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