The God of the Gaps must be feeling mightily squeezed these days. Is it any surprise that someone wants to give him/her/it a whole new universe in which to hang out?
Clay Farris Naff tries to do just that in a post today on the Scientific American guest blog titled, “A Secular Case for Intentional Creation.” The post isn’t about the creation of Earth or humanity, which Naff kindly considers settled, but about the creation of our universe itself. It’s one of those happy-middle arguments that insists that both extremes must be wrong.
Unfortunately, as is often the case with these arguments, the position of one side is pushed a bit further in order to make room in that middle.
In this case, Naff is unhappy with the usual suspects, the New Atheists. (In the interests of disclosure, I consider myself a New Atheist and derive a small income from blogging as one.) Where are the New Atheists wrong about the origin of the universe?
A week ago, Bora Zivkovic sent me a note to say that the Scientific American guest blog would be publishing a post by an accommodationist. He wanted to know whether I wanted to write a response that would appear with the accommodationist post. I’ve written for the guest blog before, so he knows I meet deadlines and don’t need much editing–the sorts of things an editor likes.
Having the response to a post like this appear at the same time as the post is, of course, the sort of thing a “New Atheist” loves. I jumped at the chance. The results are up today. Go read.