"Darwin was the first to use data from nature to convince people that evolution is true, and his idea of natural selection was truly novel. It testifies to his genius that the concept of natural theology, accepted by most educated Westerners before 1859, was vanquished within only a few years by a single five-hundred-page book. On the Origin of Species turned the mysteries of life's diversity from mythology into genuine science." -- Jerry Coyne
Friday, April 21, 2017
I replied to a comment at the Wall Street Journal.
"What if we believe that religion doesn't have immunity to criticism anymore than any other superstitious belief that has absolutely no evidence in support of its veracity? Why should religion get a pass?"
Good questions. There is an idea some people have which is wrong: "Deeply held beliefs should be respected."
Nothing should be respected until the respect is earned. I will never respect idiotic religious fantasies. For example the totally ridiculous and impossible magical 2nd life fantasy that only a coward would wish for. It's a childish fantasy that makes terrorism possible. I do not respect cowards.