Jerry Coyne writes:
Indeed. Well, here are two more things that can’t happen, given what we know about modern biology: a human female can’t give birth to offspring unless she is inseminated, and people who are dead for three days don’t come back to life.
It is interesting to note the sense of certainty that Coyne possesses, as if science has delivered the Absolute Truth that the virgin birth and resurrection of Christ “can’t happen.” Of course, long before modern biology was born, common experience (dogma?) have taught us that a human female can’t give birth to offspring unless she is inseminated, and people who are dead for three days don’t come back to life. Christians did not need to wait for modern biology to discover these claims about Jesus were miracle claims. They have always been acknowledged as miracles from the beginning. So it is hard to see the relevance of modern biology when it comes to this question.
More significant, however, is the manner in which Coyne contradicts himself.
Coyne rules out the virgin birth and resurrection of Christ because modern science tells us it “can’t happen.”
But then notice what Coyne, as a scientist, is willing to embrace:
And there are empirical observations of the supernatural that could convince scientists that there is a God. I discuss several of these in an article in The New Republic. One of them is the appearance and documentation of a 900-foot-tall Jesus, as was supposedly seen by Oral Roberts.
I have previously exposed the sloppy thinking entailed in this claim, but now ask yourself whether Coyne has ever paused to consider whether modern biology would allow the existence of a 900-foot-tall human? For example, the tallest dinosaur ever to exist were the Brachiosaurid group of sauropods, measuring in at about 60 feet. The tallest tree in history is Eucalyptus regnans at Mt. Baw Baw, Victoria, Australia. It is thought to have been about 470 feet tall.
From what we know about the laws of physics, and the demands of the cardiovascular, skeletal, and muscular systems, does it make sense, from a modern biological viewpoint, to posit the existence of a human that is 15 times taller than the tallest dinosaur and twice as tall as the tallest tree? I say biology says “it can’t happen.”
So Coyne is willing to embrace the existence of God because his eyes detect something that biology says “can’t happen.” He needs to see a miracle, something not explainable by science and the laws of Nature.
Yet when it comes to the miracles of the virgin birth and resurrection of Christ, he rules out the truth of these claims because biology says they “can’t happen.”