Jerry Coyne, over at Why Evolution is True, has repeated a challenge (see Once again: does religion produce knowledge?). He does this after renewing once again his argument that religion as a “way of knowing” is an illusion. This was in response to an article by Patrick MacNamara objecting to his Coyne’s claim in a guardian article:
“And although science and religion are said to be ’different ways of knowing’, religion isn’t really a way of knowing anything — it’s a way of believing what you’d like to be true. Faith has never vouchsafed us a single truth about the universe.”
Jerry finishes his piece with:
“Christopher Hitchens has offered his challenge to the faithful, and I have offered mine: tell me exactly what ’knowledge’ religion has provided that is not derivable from secular reason. Like Hitchens, I still have not received an answer.”
I know how Jerry feels. I bet he get lots of claims but do any of them stand up?
See also: Jerry’s book Why Evolution Is True.