Do I expect Coyne to become a theist after studying Aquinas, or even to admit that the cosmological argument is more formidable than New Atheist types give it credit for? Not for a moment – any more than Coyne expects that “Intelligent Design” theorists (my longtime sparring partners) would concede an inch even after reading one of the “one stop” books Coyne cites as sufficient to establish Darwinism.
But, again, Coyne deserves credit for at least going through the motions, which is more than Dawkins, Myers, et al. bother to do. In New Atheist Land, that’s a kind of progress. (And by the way, Prof. Coyne, I’m not the “Skeptic” in the little dialogue presented in my previous post. I’m the “Scientist.”)