‘Not a coincidence’ Rory 4-0 with 54-hole lead since ’11 Masters

first_imgPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Rory McIlroy is proving to be a fierce closer. Losing that 54-hole lead at the Masters three years ago created a resolve within him with a Sunday lead. McIlroy has slammed the door every time he has built a 54-hole lead since that Masters’ collapse in 2011. He’s 4-0 with a lead going into Sunday since then. He was asked if there’s any coincidence in that. “Definitely not a coincidence,” McIlroy said. “I learned a lot that day. I learned exactly how not to protect a 54‑hole lead.  I went out there being very protective, very cautious, and it’s not the way . . . I should have just stuck to the game plan, stuck to my process, not looked at the leaderboard, not looked at what other people are doing. “So it was a huge learning day in my career and that’s the reason that every 54‑hole lead that I’ve had since I’ve been able to close the deal.  Hopefully I can keep that run going tomorrow.” Here’s McIlroy’s record as a pro with a 54-hole lead: 2012 DP World Tour Championship – WIN 2012 PGA Championship – WIN 2012 Honda Classic – WIN 2012 U.S. Open – WIN 2011 Masters – T-15 2011 Omega Dubai Desert Classic – T-10 2009 Dubai Desert Classic – WIN 2008 Omega European Masters – 2ndlast_img read more

Higgins, Kyrinis to meet in U.S. Women’s Senior Am final

first_imgDEAL, N.J. – Joan Higgins and Canada’s Judith Kyrinis advanced to the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur final, winning two matches Wednesday at Hollywood Golf Club. The 58-year-old Higgins, a former University of Wisconsin tennis player who lives in Glendora, California, beat Kareen Markle of Meridian, Idaho, 2 and 1. The 50-year-old Kyrinis, a registered nurse in Toronto, beat 2011 winner Terri Frohnmayer of Salem, Oregon, 3 and 2. In the morning quarterfinals, Higgins beat Canada’s Helene Chartrand 1 up; Kyrinis topped Mexico’s Mina Hardin 3 and 2; Markle routed Susan West of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 7 and 6; and Frohnmayer edged Kim Eaton of Tempe, Arizona, 2 and 1.last_img

Stenson leads strong contending cast

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. – Henrik Stenson has a tortured history here at Bay Hill, a collection of close calls that have tested his mettle and certainly his patience. Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational won’t get any easier. Not with a course that is already firm and fast and fiery, just the way the King would have wanted it. And not with 13 players within five shots of the lead, a star-studded group that includes Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and, yes, even Tiger Woods. Without his best stuff Saturday, Stenson still managed to edge ahead of Bryson DeChambeau to take a one-shot lead heading into the final round. It’s familiar territory for the Swede, who posted four consecutive top-10s here from 2013-16, including a few agonizing near-misses. Three years ago, Stenson appeared on his way to victory when he was put on the clock on the 15th hole. Rattled, he three-putted the next two holes and lost by a stroke. The following year, he was tied for the lead with three holes to play, then hit it in the water on 16 and bogeyed two of the last three holes. “It wouldn’t be the only tournament where you feel like you’ve got some unfinished business,” Stenson said, “but I’ve been up in the mix a few times and we’re here again, so of course I would like to see a different outcome.” What will be interesting to watch Sunday is whether history repeats itself. Neither Stenson nor DeChambeau is quick-paced, with DeChambeau even acknowledging that he’s one of the game’s most methodical players, stepping off pitch shots and checking (and re-checking) his reads on the green. With so much at stake, it’s not a stretch to imagine both players grinding to a halt on a course that got “crusty” in the late-afternoon sun. “We’ve got a lot of guys behind me,” DeChambeau said, “so I’ve got to go deep tomorrow.” Full-field scores from the Arnold Palmer Invitational Arnold Palmer Invitational: Articles, photos and videos The 24-year-old earned his breakthrough victory last July at the John Deere Classic, but that was one hot week as he tried to play his way out of a slump. Even this week’s performance was unexpected, after he withdrew from the Valspar Championship because of a balky back. Last weekend he underwent an MRI (clean), didn’t touch a club for three days and showed up here cautiously optimistic. His ball-striking hasn’t suffered at all – in fact, he’s ranked fifth in strokes gained-tee to green – and now he’s relishing the chance to take on some of the game’s biggest names. “Whatever happens,” he said, “it’s going to be a great learning experience.” Of the 13 players within five shots of the lead, 10 are Tour winners. That includes McIlroy, whose putter has finally come alive, and Rose, who shot a third-round 67 to move within three shots, and Fowler, whose game is rounding into form, and also Woods, who has won a record eight times at Bay Hill.  Even if he doesn’t pick up a pre-Masters victory – he’s five shots back, the same deficit he erased here in 2009 – Woods has showed flashes of his old self at one of his favorite playgrounds, whether it’s the blistered 2-irons off the tee, the daring approach shots or the drained 40-footers. “I’ve got a chance,” he said. And so do the rest of the major champions and PGA Tour winners assembled near the top of the leaderboard. It should be a wild final round at Arnie’s Place – even if Stenson, for once, is hoping for a drama-free Sunday.last_img read more

Trump course destroyed protected sand dunes

first_imgLONDON – U.S. President Donald Trump’s family business partially destroyed legally protected sand dunes in Scotland when it built a golf course north of Aberdeen, according to government reports released in response to a freedom of information request. Scottish Natural Heritage, which monitors the country’s sensitive and scientifically important sites, found that construction of Trump International Golf Links Scotland ”led to the direct loss” of up to 68 hectares (168 acres) of the 205-hectare Foveran Links site. The damaged and destroyed drifts, one of the best examples of moving sand dunes in Britain, developed over 4,000 years, according to the agency. ”The construction has removed the vast majority of the geomorphological interest within the vicinity of the golf course,” Scottish Natural Heritage said in the documents. The reports were released following a public records request made by Bob Ward, policy director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics. The Trump Organization’s representative in Scotland didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The golf course was completed in 2012 and is part of what the Trump Organization envisions as a larger project that could include two golf courses, a 450-room hotel and as many as 1,500 homes. Scottish authorities approved the outlines of the project in 2008, though each phase will require additional review. The company last week unveiled plans to invest 150 million pounds ($196 million) in the second phase of development. During the original approval process, Trump promised to minimize any environmental damage, saying he was ”fully committed to mitigating the effects of the course on the environment.” Ward said the Scottish government should consider Trump’s failure to live up to the commitment when it reviews future building plans for the site. ”I think the problem here is the disregard they’ve shown and the way in which they made promises which he has not kept,” Ward said. ”I think personally that the Scottish government here has not been as strong as it should have been in holding Mr. Trump to account, and I hope that they will now see the need to do that.” Critics in Scotland previously accused the Trump Organization of failing to deliver the jobs and investment it promised when the project first came up for review. The Trump Organization says it has already invested 100 million pounds ($131 million) in what is expected to be a ”multi-phased development” costing 750 million pounds $983 million.) The proposed second phase will support nearly 2,000 jobs during construction and some 300 permanent jobs after it is completed, the company said last week.last_img read more

Wait is on: Mickelson’s 44th PGA Tour win on hold until Monday

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Phil Mickelson gave himself a chance Sunday to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for the fifth time in a final-round charge he desperately wanted to finish in the dark. That’s about all Mickelson didn’t get to go his way in the suspended final round. “I can see fine,” Mickelson insisted before finally relenting to come back Monday and finish up the final two holes. “It’s not over yet,” Paul Casey said. Three down to Casey at day’s start, Mickelson will go to sleep on a three-shot lead. With six birdies and no bogeys over 15 holes, Mickelson is sitting at 18-under overall. Scott Stallings joined Casey at 15 under, but Stallings can’t make up any more ground. He’s done. He posted 66 before sun set. With darkness falling hard, Mickelson pressed PGA Tour official Mark Russell hard to let them keep playing. “I genuinely couldn’t see my putt at 16,” said Casey, who has a 3-footer left there. “Hopefully, I can see what I’ve got for par there, knock that one in, and then I’m going to smash it straight at it, be aggressive at 17.” Mickelson wanted to get to the 17th tee, but Casey, reasonably, wasn’t agreeing. Full-field scores from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Articles, photos and videos “I have pretty good vision,” Mickelson said. “I can see fine, and I’m playing well, so I wanted to continue and that’s all there is to it. But I totally get where he’s coming from. And in all honesty, it’s probably a good thing.” Mickelson, 48, is on the verge of closing out his 44th PGA Tour title. Hail, yeah! That’s what all those Mickelson fans must have been thinking after waiting through a morning hail storm to see him tee it up alongside Casey. They couldn’t make their start with hail pelting down, leaving what looked like sheets of ice on the greens. Apparently, Mother Nature is a Mickelson fan, too. Like a football coach calling a timeout to freeze a kicker, she made Casey think a little bit more about protecting his 54-hole lead. Casey was supposed to go off with Mickelson at 9:50 a.m. local time. He didn’t hit his opening tee shot until more than three hours later. Two weather delays left Mickelson leading his fans in a chase against the setting sun. “It’s an awesome feeling and to feel the support of the crowd,” Mickelson said. “It’s been really cool, and I would have liked to have finished it off in front of them.” After a half inch of rain fell overnight, Sunday’s start was delayed more than an hour. After the hail storm hit, there was more than a two-hour delay. Casey birdied the second hole, but he went as cold as the damp, chill air after that. His three-shot lead was gone after 10 holes, and it appeared to stagger him. Three holes after Mickelson tied him, Casey was three shots down. “It’s a tough golf course,” Casey said. “I’ve always found Pebble tough. “Phil’s put together a spectacular round of golf, 6 under, no dropped shots. Remarkable stuff.” Casey’s history with 54-hole leads will grow dismal if he doesn’t do something spectacular himself. He’s 1 for 4 trying to turn them into victories. “I need to do something special,” he said. Mickelson birdied four of the first 10 holes. The pressure he was applying appeared to rattle Casey, who answered with back-to-back bogeys. “It’s nice to be playing well and to be on a roll,” Mickelson said. “But I’ve got to finish it off, and I still have a lot of work ahead of me tomorrow. With a par at the 11th, Mickelson took a one-shot lead. He did so after Casey caught a flier and airmailed his approach over the left side of the green, making bogey. Mickelson took a two-shot lead with another par at the 12th, this time after Casey came up short with his tee shot and made bogey failing to get up and down from a bunker. “I know a lot can happen in these two holes, and they have happened in the past,” Mickelson said. “So, I want to stay focused and just come out tomorrow and try to finish it off. I wish we could do it tonight.”last_img read more

Shinkwin fires opening 66 to lead KLM Open

first_imgAMSTERDAM – Unheralded Callum Shinkwin shot five birdies and an eagle Thursday on his way to a 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead after the first round of the 100th edition of the KLM Open. The 26-year-old British golfer is ranked No. 446 and hasn’t made the cut in his last three tournaments since the British Open as he struggled with illness and a back injury. But he started with a birdie on the second hole and an eagle on the third, before making his lone bogey on No. 5. He finished with two more birdies on Nos. 16 and 18 to sit one shot clear of a group of seven players, including Gavin Green. Full-field scores from the KLM Open Sergio Garcia was among eight players sitting two shots behind Shinkwin. Joost Luiten, who won this tournament in 2013 and ’16, started badly with three bogeys in his outward nine holes before making six birdies on his back nine to leave him level with defending champion Ashun Wu and seven others on 69.last_img read more

Rahm (66) starts best among RTD contenders

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Jon Rahm felt the benefits of his six-week break from golf after making the best start of the five players still in the running for the Race to Dubai title at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship on Thursday. The No. 5-ranked Spaniard shot a bogey-free, 6-under 66 to move into third place, three strokes off the first-round lead held by Mike Lorenzo-Vera at the Earth Course on Jumeirah Golf Estates. Rahm last played competitively in early October at the Open de Espana – an event he won by five shots – and said he barely touched a club for five weeks during the longest break of his career. ”I could tell how rested I was mentally because on some holes I never lost patience, I never really got down on myself and stayed with that positive attitude,” said Rahm, who is known for his fiery temperament on the course. ”I’m hoping I can keep playing solid and keep it for the next three days. ”It was hard to get into that routine again but once I came to the tournament, you kind of switch, you get to the tournament, you get to grinding.” Full-field scores from the DP World Tour Championship Rory McIlroy made eagle on No. 18 after hitting what he described as ”possibly the best shot I’ve hit all year” – a 3-wood from 286 yards to within about 5 feet – to be alone in second place, a stroke behind Lorenzo-Vera. McIlroy, however, is in the rare position of not being in contention to finish the season as European No. 1. Rahm, who needs a win this week to stand a chance of taking the Race to Dubai title for the first time, is best-placed while Tommy Fleetwood was happy with his start, too. Fleetwood, winner of the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa last week, began his round by holing out from 153 yards for eagle on No. 1 and shot 67 for a tie for fourth place. ”You can only put yourself out of it on day one,” said Fleetwood, who is second in the standings and is looking to capture the Race to Dubai title for the second time in three years. ”There’s a lot more to do. There’s 54 holes now. There are great players up there and all I can do is do my stuff. I’ve got three days of work left really until the end of the year. Just make the most of them.” Of the other Race to Dubai contenders, Bernd Wiesberger shot 70 and was tied for 14th place, Matt Fitzpatrick shot 71, and Shane Lowry shot 73. Wiesberger leads the race and will lift the trophy if he wins in Dubai or finishes alone in second place. ”I’m just thinking 72-hole tournament this week. I’m not trying to look at what is happening,” said Wiesberger, who has won three tournaments this year in a strong return from seven months out with a wrist injury. ”I can’t control what Tommy, Matt, Shane and Jon are doing.” Fleetwood knows a win, coupled with Wiesberger finishing lower than outright second, will be enough to be Europe’s No. 1 again. The same scenario faces third-place Rahm, who won the World Tour Championship in 2017 and placed fourth last year.last_img read more

Besseling leads European Tour season opener

first_imgMALELANE, South Africa — Wil Besseling shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship – the European Tour’s 2020 season-opening event. Besseling made six birdies, an eagle and just one bogey at Leopard Creek Country Club on Thursday to sit one stroke ahead of Garrick Porteous, Pablo Larrazabal and Keith Horne. News & Opinion Euro Tour lets players wear shorts for first time BY Associated Press  — November 28, 2019 at 1:34 PM Golfers were allowed to wear shorts during a European Tour event for the first time on Thursday because of sweltering temperatures. Full-field scores from the Alfred Dunhill Championship Besseling was one of the players to wear shorts in sweltering temperatures in northern South Africa, taking advantage of a decision by organizers to allow shorts in tournament play for the first time on the European Tour. David Drysdale, last year’s runner-up, was in a group of players tied for sixth three shots off the lead. That group includes 2014 champion Branden Grace. Four-time winner Charl Schwartzel carded a 70 on his return to action after being out for eight months with a wrist injury.last_img read more

Cowen woke a slumping Koepka, which is bad news for everyone else

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. – Everyone needs a Pete Cowen in their lives. There’s a fine line between pointed criticism and verbal abuse, but somewhere between a much-needed intervention and some unfiltered tough love, Cowen, the no-nonsense Englishman who coaches some of the game’s very best ball-strikers, arrived at that tipping point with Brooks Koepka. There’s no question that Koepka needed to redefine his truths following months of uncharacteristically poor performances, but challenging a player who has a four-pack of Grand Slam trophies can be, let’s say delicate, but then there was nothing delicate about Cowen’s impromptu heart-to-heart with Koepka on Sunday. “There was a lot of expletives I can’t say during this, probably get fined, but yeah, he beat me up pretty good,” Koepka admitted following the first round at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. “You get a little down, you play as bad as this, it’s hard not to be a little bit down on yourself and trying to figure out why. You’re kind of thinking negatively or waiting kind of for that first bad shot or first bad thing to happen.” Chamblee: Koepka’s swing now vs. 2017 Not only did Koepka clean up his version of Cowen’s tête-à-tête, but he also came in a tad light on the actual subject matter. Poor play because of some sort of swing flaw or mechanical issue is one thing. Those issues can be dealt with and mitigated. Poor play because of a bad attitude is something altogether different. “When you’re not playing that well it’s not that big of a deal. You think you’ve lost your game totally but you haven’t. You’re crying wolf as well, saying, I don’t know if I really want to play. You can’t cry wolf, because if you cry wolf too often no one listens to you,” Cowen told GolfChannel.com. WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational: Full-field scores | Full coverage Cowen, who contracted COVID-19 in March and said the virus kept him “down” for the better part of five weeks, had been unable to travel to the United States until last week and Koepka’s missed cut at the 3M Open, his second short week in his last three starts, allowed him extra time with Cowen. Yay. Sunday, Cowen sat Koepka down much like he did in 2017 shortly before the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. The message, according to both Cowen and Koepka, was eerily the same. “A few home truths of where he’s at and what he needs to do. I said the same thing to him at Erin Hills. I said, ‘With an attitude like that you’re not winning anything,’” Cowen said. “He needs it sometimes and there aren’t many people who can do it to him.” When he spoke with the media Wednesday at TPC Southwind, Koepka acknowledged that his ailing left knee is still not 100 percent and that he understands the process back to contender might take some time. It took less than 24 hours. Golf Central Koepka ties career low to begin WGC title defense BY Will Gray  — July 30, 2020 at 6:26 PM Brooks Koepka has been struggling recently, but back on a course where he won last year he’s once again atop the leaderboard after an opening-round 62. Koepka birdied his first four holes on Day 1 in Memphis and added two more before the turn and was 5 under. To put that in context, in his last three starts Koepka is a combined 10 over par. “I played good and drove it well, putted well, chipped it well. Did everything very solid. Missed it in the correct spots and never really felt like I was having to work too hard out there,” said Koepka, who is the defending champion this week and at next week’s PGA Championship. That’s diametrically at odds with his play this season that’s felt so much like work. At this juncture it’s important to point out that the last time Cowen “had a go” at Koepka in 2017 he won his first of four majors. In fact, if you’re connecting dots, there’s a common thread here. After every one of Cowen’s, let’s call them pep talks, his players won major championships. There was Henrik Stenson just before The Open in ’16 and Darren Clarke just before he won the ’11 Open Championship. “It’s worked out pretty well before. It’s nice, really,” Cowen said. Golf Central Koepka praises putting help from Kenyon BY Rex Hoggard  — July 30, 2020 at 8:20 PM After a strong start in Memphis, Brooks Koepka praises the help he got from putting coach, Phil Kenyon. Not sure “nice” would have been Koepka’s take directly after Sunday’s chat, but he’s certainly come to understand the importance of Cowen and value what he has to say even if it’s not easy hearing it. “He got on me pretty good. And I love it, hopefully he doesn’t have to do it too often, but when he does,” said Koepka, who is two shots ahead of Rickie Fowler and Brendon Todd after a first-round 62. “That’s why I think him and Butch [Harmon] are way different than any other coach, they know exactly the right thing to say, when to jump on you, when to kind of lay off. I appreciate everything that Pete does, even though he is chewing me out.” Everyone needs a Pete Cowen in their lives.last_img read more

New Atheism: A Shipwreck of Fools

first_imgFaith & Science New Atheism: A Shipwreck of FoolsMichael EgnorDecember 12, 2019, 5:01 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Michael EgnorSenior Fellow, Center for Natural & Artificial IntelligenceMichael R. Egnor, MD, is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, has served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and award-winning brain surgeon. He was named one of New York’s best doctors by the New York Magazine in 2005. He received his medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His research on hydrocephalus has been published in journals including Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hydrocephalus Association in the United States and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.Follow MichaelProfile Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Recommended TagsaquinasArc DigitalAsherah polesatheismautopsybacteriabook dealschild sacrificeChristopher Hitchenscomputer programcreation mythEdward Feserevolutionary theoryFirst AmendmentFive WaysGaiagenetic informationJohn HaldaneLawrence KraussLudwig Wittgensteinmeat machinesNew AtheistsNobel PrizepaganismplagiarismreligionRichard DawkinsValley of Hinnom,Trending New Atheism is dead. It was conceptually dead from birth, but now it’s stopped twitching. Ben Sixsmith at Arc Digital has a good article with a lot of insight into its demise. From  “New Atheism: An Autopsy”:To be sure, New Atheists could be very, very bad at arguing that God does not exist. There was, for example, Lawrence Krauss writing a book about how something can come from nothing while attributing material qualities to the latter. There was Richard Dawkins trying to refute the famous “Five Ways” of Aquinas without even attempting to understand their terms. (“Whereof one cannot speak,” groaned Wittgenstein, “Thereof one must remain silent.”) There was Christopher Hitchens striding into philosophy like an elephant onto an ice skating rink and saying:“…the postulate of a designer or creator only raises the unanswerable question of who designed the designer or created the creator.”Why is it unanswerable? People have certainly tried to answer it. Answers readily came centuries prior to Hitchens himself, actually. Hitchens is free to take issue with Aquinas’ distinction between contingent and necessary existence if he wants, but he’s not free to suggest no answers have been offered. How does the concept of the “necessary being,” for example, fail? Hitchens offers no sign of knowing what it is, because that “unanswerable” is not a logical conclusion but a rhetorical sledgehammer swung at the reader’s skull.I know atheists can make better arguments. But the New Atheists never felt obliged to, because they were so confident in their own rationality that they never learned about the ideas they were mocking. If challenged on their philosophical ignorance — as the philosopher Alvin Plantinga brilliantly skewered Dawkins here on this very point — they were liable to observe that the average Christian does not have the theological sophistication of an Edward Feser or a John Haldane. True enough. But if I’m on the street and ask the average believer in evolution by natural selection to explain it and declare Darwin refuted because monkeys did not turn into men, am I being scientifically honest? No, not really.Primary FindingThe primary autopsy finding here is that New Atheism was born dead. It was an intellectually vacuous vanity project from the start. Its vanguard was a coterie of dullards and narcissists who glanced away from their own mirrors only long enough to beg book deals. The arguments they made in their books were the stuff of comedy acts — “everything came from nothing for no reason,” “the universe came from quantum mechanics, which is nothing,” “acknowledging an intelligent Creator is an impediment to science, but asserting meaningless existence is a boon to science,” “we are meat machines, and you should pay attention to what we say,” “there is no good or evil, and if you think there is, you’re evil,” “there is no free will and you should change your mind and agree with me,” “there is no guilt because there is no free will, therefore livestock management, rather than justice, is best for mankind,” “things change and survivors survive is a scientific theory,” “survival of the fittest explains why I’m sad your kid has cancer,” “without evolutionary theory, we wouldn’t understand that bacteria aren’t killed by an antibiotic that doesn’t kill them,” “gene duplication adds new genetic information, and plagiarism is not permitted in my class,” “kin selection explains altruism, except that bacteria in a clonal colony, which are identical twins, aren’t altruistic,” “evolutionary biology is indispensable to medicine, so we should start teaching it in medical schools,” “evolution is the cornerstone of physiology and medicine, and maybe someday an evolutionary biologist will win a Nobel Prize,” “information is not detectible in nature, except in my book about it,” “the selective breeding experiments I designed in my lab are excellent examples of mindless evolution,” “the First Amendment prohibits questioning a scientific theory in schools,” “let me show you how undirected natural selection works in a simulation on the computer program I wrote,” “intelligent design isn’t science, and it’s scientifically wrong” (my favorite — these two assertions are commonly made in the same sentence), “the mind is what the brain does, but I’m not a dualist,” “my assertion that your mind can have no contact with truth is true.” The list is bottomless. A Perennial Achilles’ HealNew Atheism never had a chance. It was intellectual vapor, and its practitioners were repellent fools. They were defeated by atheism’s perennial Achilles’ heal: they were forced to explain themselves. Atheism never reigns openly and explicitly for long; it cannot withstand even cursory scrutiny. Heck, it can’t withstand the scrutiny of schoolchildren — witness the panicked litigation to prevent schoolchildren from asking questions about its creation myth. But rational moral theism will not easily emerge victorious from this little fight. Paganism, not atheism, is the natural religion of unreflective men. We worship, and creation is full of beauty and mystery and ravishing idols. Pride and lust of eyes and flesh reigns in our culture, and Asherah poles are popping up everywhere. The Valley of Hinnom is our altar of child sacrifice, and we tithe in penance for our sins against Gaia.As New Atheism stops twitching, another beast — a rougher beast  — is rolling the stone from its perennial crypt.Photo credit: Josh Adams-Ford via Unsplash. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more