Robert Wright

CORRESPONDENCE: Defending 'The Evolution of God'
September 24, 2009

Robert Wright responds: The title of my book refers not to biological evolution but to the evolution of the human conception of God. So it's odd that The New Republic chose a biologist, Jerry A. Coyne, to review the book ("Creationism for Liberals," August 12). But it turns out that Coyne's misplaced expertise wasn't the main problem. Of his many serious misrepresentations of my book, most seem rooted in a simple failure to read it--or read it attentively, at least. Here is a small sample of Coyne's errors.

Why Are We in Afghanistan?
September 04, 1989

We want them to beat the Soviets, but what if the mujahedin take over?

Washington Diarist: Up to Speed
July 31, 1989

The great Philadelphia Phillies amphetamine cover-up.

Why Men Are Still Beasts
July 11, 1988

T'HE LOGIC behind the sexual revolution seemed compelling at the time: (1) Sex is fun; (2) Lots of sex will be lots of fun. But there must have been a flaw in the argument somewhere, because just about everyone seems to agree that sexual liberation has brought as much pain as joy, and that its present demise is not something to mourn. Maybe the weak link was the underlying assumption that males and females aren't very different when it comes to sex, love, and romance.