No matter how many times Jerry Coyne is wrong, he can always find more ways to be wrong. Today he has a post entitled:
What evidence would convince you that a god exists?
Claiming the high road, which is like Bernard Madoff staking out a position of "ethical businessman," Coyne writes:
In contrast, the faithful do not (and cannot) specify what observations would disprove their beliefs—or the whole basis of their religion.
It’s your turn. If you’re one of the faithful reading this, feel free to post those observations that would convince you that God doesn‘t exist.
Well Jerry I would, but in addition to Dembski’s Uncommon Descent and a far-right YEC forum, the only other blog on which I cannot post comments is your blog.
So what he really means is: If you are one of the faithful whose IP address I am not blocking, feel free to post your observations. And what he really really means is that the faithful will not provide such a list.
So here is a short list, just to, yet again, prove Jerry wrong:
1) Archeological proof that the synoptic gospels were written after AD 70. Jesus’ prediction of the destruction of the temple within the timeframe of a generation is so specific that if it were shown to be written after the fact it would destroy the credibility of the bible.
2) Archeological proof that the biblical writers conspired to fabricate the story of the resurrection.
3) Except when the bible is referring to a miracle, a demonstrably false scientific statement in its text.
4) The scientific demonstration of the String multiverse. That is, if it is demonstrated that there is a semi-infinite number of universes each with different fundamental constants, essentially randomly drawn constants, then my faith would be shattered.
5) The scientific demonstration of Smolin’s Cosmic Evolution theory.
6) Scientific proof of the claim of many atheists (and what should be the claim of all atheists)that free will does not exist.
I could go on and on.
I have done this before—addressed this challenge on other blogs such as Panda’s Thumb. The response is always the same: No, these things would not make you renounce your faith.