David Bentley Hart’s recent book The Experience of God has been getting some attention. The highly esteemed William Carroll has an article on it over at Public Discourse. As I noted in a recent post, the highly self-esteemed Jerry Coyne has been commenting on Hart’s book too, and in the classic Coyne style: First trash the book, then promise someday actually to read it. But it turns out that was the second post Coyne had written ridiculing Hart’s book; the first is here. So, by my count that’s at least 5100 words so far criticizing a book Coyne admits he has not read. Since it’s Jerry Coyne, you know another shoe is sure to drop. And so it does, three paragraphs into the more recent post:
[I]t’s also fun (and marginally profitable) to read and refute the arguments of theologians, for it’s only there that one can truly see intelligence so blatantly coopted and corrupted to prove what one has decided is true beforehand. [Emphasis added]
Well, no, Jerry, not only there.