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Jerry Coyne

American biologist

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" "Blasphemy" and heresy" are terms of religion, not science." - Jerry Coyne

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" "HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT ?" That's the question you should always ask believers when they make unsupported assertions, ranging from God is loving" to Our souls live on after death ." The answer will always be one of two things: The Bible says so ," or I just know it to be true ." Neither of those are rational answers, but they satisfy the religious. It is in fact the how-do-you-know-that" query that really distinguishes New Atheism from Old. While atheists have always decried the lack of evidence for theism, it is the infusion of scientists and science-friendly people into atheism, starting with Carl Sagan and continuing on to Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Pinker, and Dennett, that has made us realize that religious dogmas are in fact hypotheses, and you need reasons and evidence for accepting them. If you have none, then you have no reason to believe in God. Nevertheless, religious dogma does change, but not because theology has found better reasons. It's because a.) science has shown the dogma to be false (Genesis, Adam and Eve, creation, the Exodus, etc.) or b.) secular morality has shown that the tenets of religious belief are no longer supportable (hell as a place of fire, limbo, discrimination against gays, the Mormons' refusal to let blacks be priests, etc.)" - Jerry Coyne

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" "The interest I have in believing in something is not a proof that the something exists ."" - Jerry Coyne

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" "What distinguishes knowledge is not certainty but evidence ."" - Jerry Coyne

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"A well-understood and testable hypothesis like sexual selection surely trumps an untestable appeal to the inscrutable caprices of a creator." - Jerry Coyne


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