Friday, August 04, 2017

Counterpoints: John Gray and John Lennox on Evolutionary Success and Truth

Atheist Philosopher John Gray: “The human mind serves evolutionary success, not truth.”1

Professor John Lennox: "But what about Gray’s own mind…one must suppose, according to Gray, that his writing this sentence [“The human mind serves evolutionary success, not truth”] serves evolutionary success.  Well, it certainly would appear to serve the success of evolutionary theory, if it were true.  But then Gray has undermined the very concept of truth, and so has removed all reason for us to take him seriously.  Logical incoherence reigns once more."2

Courage and Godspeed,

1. John Gray, Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: London, 2007), 26 as quoted by Tanya Walker here.
2. John Lennox, Gunning For God: Why the New Atheists Are Missing the Target (Lion Hudson: Oxford, 2011), 108. as quoted by Tanya Walker as well.

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