Theodicy is the Achilles Heel of faith. There is no reasonable answer to the problem of gratuitous evil (i.e., the slaughter of children or mass killings by natural phenomena like tsunamis), and the will to continue believing in the face of such things truly shows the folly of faith. For those evils prove absolutely either that God is not benevolent and omnipotent, or that there is no god. (Special pleading like “we don’t know God’s mind” doesn’t wash, for the same people who say such things also claim to know that God is benevolent and omnipotent).Jerry thinks this is a clever argument against theism. This argument is one of the laws of internet atheism:
The Law that Logical Proofs regarding God are like Diodes:
All logical proofs for God are trivially wrong. However, the construction:
P1: God is omnipotent.
P2: God is omnibenevolent.
P3: Human suffering exists.
C1: Therefore P1 and/or P2 is wrong.
C2: Therefore God does not exist.
is bulletproof.and Jerry never tires of using it. That link contains my response to Jerry's "argument." I won't reproduce it here.
And of course there is no point to attempt a comment on his blog. Jerry is mendacious in regards to permitting dialogue on WEIT, even stooping to unprecedented cretin-like tactics of not releasing comments from moderation while using the "absence" of a rebuttal to his acumen to declare victory.
He does not (or rarely) performs an honest, public banning for cause or even just for the hell of it.
He does not do a silent banning--which would already place him among the pond-scum of bloggers, except..
He doubles-down by coupling a silent banning with a dishonest interpretation that the critic has withered from his irrefutable counter-arguments and Sir Robbined the hell outta there.
Jerry has a great punchline at the end of his pout:
Religion is not just the enemy of rationality, but the enemy of democracy.
-- Jerry Coyne
Jerry, the lidless-eyed overseer of the planet, has pronounced his verdict.