Sunday, April 17, 2011
A reprint is not a reply
Some of my readers seem to think that Jay Richards’ recent series of posts over at Evolution News and Views (here and here) constitute a reply to my recent post about Richards. But in fact Richards has merely been reprinting, in several installments, the very essay of his that I was criticizing in my post! He is, quite literally, just repeating himself without actually responding to my objections. Moreover, Richards himself says in the first of his posts that that is all he is doing. The brief introductory material he adds there mainly just summarizes some of the claims he makes in his essay – claims I already answered in my original post – without adding anything new.
(Actually, there is one new tidbit there: Richards informs us that he “agree[s] with Duns Scotus' critique of what he took to be Thomas' view of [analogical predication].” Readers of my original post on Richards will note the irony.)
So, in answer to any readers who might be wondering whether I’m going to reply to Richards’ “latest”: I already did reply! You should be asking him when he’s going to reply to me. (When he does, I guess I can just reprint my original post about him and people will think it’s a reply…)