Well, in order to present a better dialogue, my former pastor and I are going to read through Sproul’s Not a Chance, before reviewing/commenting further. Hopefully that will make for a more lively discussion and a deeper dive than just my own take on the material.
In the meantime I’ll be doing a couple things. First, I’m doing some light reading on Chance and Probability in Quantum Physics, as well as boning up on the topic in general. This is also requiring me to do a brief refresher on Linear Algebra, which is, believe it or not, rather fun.
Yeah, I’m a sicko.
But for the sake of the blog, I’m planning to finish reading and post a review of Faith vs. Fact, a new book out this summer by the esteemed Dr. Jerry Coyne, author of perhaps the best layman’s book on Evolution available, Why Evolution is True. In FvF, Coyne explores the conflict between faith and science, and presents an argument against the concept of Non-Overlapping Magesteria, a term coined by the late prominent Evolutionary Biologist Dr. Stephen Jay Gould. NOMA is the idea that faith and science address completely different sets of human questions, and therefore should not be compared or placed in conflict.
Somewhere in reviewing this book, which may take more than one article, I’m planning to address a particular rebuttal by Christian blogger and Podcaster Nick Peters. Now I’ll say straight up that I’m no fan of Peters. Having interacted with him for a short time in the Facebook group supporting the Internet radio show Unbelievable, I found him long on snark and short on the willingness to respectfully address an argument. He and a few others have made the page a rather useless forum, in stark contrast to the even-handedness of the radio show itself, which my wife and I, both atheists, enjoy from time to time. We’ll see come review/rebuttal time whether he does any better on his site.
Oh, and the reason I’ve chosen to address this particular rebuttal is due to a rather similar interaction on another atheist forum, where a believer referred to Peters’ articles as support for his ridicule of Coyne’s book. Ever one for a challenge, I’ve taken him up on this.
Reading had already commenced, in the midst of reading about seven other books, so I’ll be stepping it up to see if I can’t get a review published by the end of the week.