Over at Why Evolution Is True, scientist Jerry Coyne asks for evidence which would convince us that God exists…and completely abandons science in the process!
So what evidence would convince Coyne's readers that God exists? Here's just a few examples.
1.) Amputated limb grows back.
2.) Public appearance by Jesus.
3.) Talking cat.
4.) Everyone saved in a natural disaster.
5.) 300 lb. couch potato wins marathon.
6.) Person with severe Down Syndrome solves math problem.
7.) Minister condemns man, man bursts into flames.
8.) Consuming fire from heaven at Soldier Field.
9.) Instant cure of all malaria forever (without hurting mosquitos).
10.) Suspension of gravity only for humans over 10 yrs old.
11.) Neurologist discovers "the soul".
12.) Galaxies spell out "I made this! – God"
Scientist Jerry Coyne adds a few of his own:
1.) Faith healer restores vision
2.) Cancer in remission (for "good people" only)
3.) Dead return to life.
4.) Meaningful DNA sequences.
5.) Angels appear in sky.
Coyne then offers a challenge:
"This is a challenge to those believers who say that their way of knowing is equivalent to that practiced by science and rational investigation."…"Religion is not a way of knowing because it doesn’t have a way of knowing that it is wrong. And without that, you don’t know if you’re right."
So Professor Coyne, if angels in the sky (or perhaps that 300 lb. marathon winner or the talking cat) were to convince you that God exists, –
how would you know if YOU were wrong?
Answer: You wouldn't. Though you thump your chest about the power of scientific falsification, you have completely thrown that principle out the door. All you have done here is set an arbitrary limit on your own personal threshold of incredulity – "angels in the sky".
Isn't it fascinating how quickly the "defenders of science" will abandon science in defense of their deeply held metaphysics?