In the February 2016 edition of First Things, Edward Feser reviews Jerry Coyne’s Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible, and it is a fantastic example of the polemical review:

Reading Coyne trying to do something as simple as defining his terms is like watching him play tennis with himself. And losing.


There seems to be no other explanation for how this book came to be published–unless the press is subtly aiming at the market for critical thinking and logic textbooks. For considered as an omnibus of concrete examples of elementary logical fallacies, Faith versus Fact is invaluable. Given Coyne’s standards of scholarship, I fully expect to see the last half of that sentence used as a blurb for the paperback edition.

It’s the most fun I’ve had reading a book review in First Things since David Bentley Hart reviewed Daniel Dennett’s Breaking the Spell.