Friday, November 13, 2009
Mirages In the Mirror
David Klinghoffer is peddling inanity again but in a hilariously un-self-aware fashion.
Once more, he is promoting David Berlinski's Argumentum ad Poetica, where Keats' line (still mangled by Klinghoffer) about "Beauty is truth, truth beauty ..." is somehow supposed to be a measure of scientific theories. He has a minor point about PZ Myers' also holding that "ideas have consequences" when it comes to religion but, of course, there is a major difference between the ideas of religion and the ideas of science. Science does not say, as religion does, that:
We have a responsibility to hold fast to every doctrine God has seen fit to reveal to us in Scripture; in particular, we are under obligation to receive by faith the doctrine of Creation.
But here is Klinghoffer's comedy routine:
Islam doesn't particularly interest me -- any religion can be made to look inherently wicked by a selective quoting of sources ...
I've got news for Klinghoffer. It doesn't take selective quotations to make his version of religion, which has no scruples about lying to children about what science is, look bad.