Will Storr’s The Heretics, 1: Full Frontal Creationism, and other kinds of unreason

Here Paul deals with ghastly creationist from Oz. I “debated” him in 2003, when he rattled off false fact after false fact and hads lots of acolytes to boo when I challenged.

Dawkins is right. NEVER “debate” a Creationist

Primate's Progress

the-heretics-978033053586101Is this book worthy of your time and attention? Yes. But this is not a book review, so much as a conversation with myself, triggered by reading it, and what follows is as much mine as his, especially as I have focused on those chapters that overlap my own concerns. There is no shortage of writings debunking creationism, or homoeopathy, or others covered here, beliefs that fly in the face of massive evidence, and yet this evidence has no effect at all on their believers. Why is this, Storr asks. What is going on? And what makes us think that we ourselves are so different?

Storr starts by telling us of his meeting with John Mackay, a Young Earth creationist, who was talking to an appreciative audience in a small town in Queensland. This seems to have been his first encounter with the full-blooded version of modern creationism, according to which…

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