Surprisingly, two people were able to post critical comments on the thread where Prof. Coyne promotes Raelian pseudoscience as science. Someone named “Dylan” posted the following:
The argument being made here is a straw man. The Catholic theological position in fact depends on all the physical evidence (accidents) being consistent with wheat, because it is the essence (in the case of bread and wine, “substance”) which changes. The position depends on a Thomstic-Aristiotelian metaphysical understanding of substance and accident which modern natural science doesn’t have the capacity for. If you want to argue the issue, you have to claim that the metaphysical language has no content, or, admitting the validity of metaphysics, challenge the position’s metaphysical cogency. It doesn’t take a faithful Catholic to recognize this, just someone who knows what he’s talking about.
Thank you for telling us how this magic trick works. Now apologize for your rudeness, or you’ll never post here again.
How typical. His mind is so closed that he cannot bring himself to consider the mere possibility the Raelians are lashing out at a straw man. So he completely ignores the criticism and instead demands some apology….an apology for “rudeness.” Rudeness?! Yep, rudeness. New Atheists tend to be so thin-skinned that mild criticism of their beliefs is deemed “rudeness.”
Needless to say, we don’t see any more postings from Dylan. I’d speculate that Dylan never prostrated himself sufficiently enough for Prof. Coyne.
Y’see, the problem is not that Jerry and the Raelians were attacking a straw man. The real problem is that Dylan was rude to Jerry and the Raelians! In Jerry’s mind, it’s just rude to criticize him.