I tend to aim my criticism of atheists at the New Atheists for many reasons. First, because they are well known. Second, because they are easy targets: none of them are trained in philosophy of religion, currently my primary study focus.
So I criticize the New Atheists pretty often.
One New Atheist I haven’t said much about yet is PZ Myers of Pharyngula. But let me now do the opposite of what my readers expect. Let me list 5 awesome things about PZ.
Five Awesome Things about PZ Myers
Here we go…
5. He’s from Minnesota.
Ah, my home state. Land of lakes, loons (both bird and buffoon), Lutherans, and ludicrously low temperatures.
4. He doesn’t shy away from criticizing religious nutjobs.
3. The Holy Cracker Incident
It’s a long story, but the climax is that PZ ‘desecrated’ a Catholic communion wafer with a rusty nail – along with pages of the Qur’an and The God Delusion – saying that nothing must be sacred. Perhaps just as admirable is the university chancellor who affirmed “the freedom of a faculty member to speak or write as a public citizen without institutional discipline or restraint.”
2. He’s an activist for good causes.
PZ devotes great time and effort on behalf of noble causes. He goes out of his way to clarify scientific issues on Usenet. He helped launch The Panda’s Thumb and does other great work debunking the harmful nonsense of intelligent design. He’s a member of Minnesota Citizens for Science Education.
1. He’s a scientist.
As we all know, science is better, more important, more exciting, and far sexier than philosophy. PZ contributes to one of the noblest professions in existence.