Victor Stenger is a physics professor who wrote a book in 2007 titled God – the Failed Hypothesis. Simply put, from page one this book is little more than an elaborate straw dog argument. First Stenger constructs his own model of a god and then proceeds to knock it down. That he is able to do so is hardly surprising given the mishmash of religious ideas he strings together. In the end he decides there is no evidence to support his model. This less than shocking conclusion is quite predictable. Stenger is what Dawkins wishes he could be – a strong atheist, expressing no doubt that God does not exist. Where Dawkins always leaves a little wiggle-room in his certainty, Stenger is all-in.
A number of years back, I read a news report of a fossil found in China that “proved” birds had descended from dinosaurs. It caught my attention only because I’m a backyard birdwatcher, a trait I picked up from my father. As I recall (and memory is an unreliable thing), an expert was explaining to the reporter the significance of a feature of the fossil he called “protofeathers”. I was curious to see what he was talking about and searched the web looking for a photo. While most of the references I found led back to the same interview, one mentioned a second interview with a different expert who examined the same fossil and sniffed, “That’s not a protofeather, just a fold of skin.” Curious.