The most hysterically funny part is Coppens’ implication that White’s belief (as a committed Christian) in the reality of the Nephilim (“giants”) of Genesis as real, non-human entities means that his debunking of the rest of Coppens' claims is false. While I don’t believe the Nephilim were real supernatural creatures, since when is agreeing with Philip Coppens on a point a reason for claiming the claimant isn’t rational? Apparently, according to Coppens, one must oppose him on every point or none in order to be justified in speaking of him. As White rightly notes, a belief in a supernatural Nephilim says nothing about the reality of extraterrestrials from another planet who built buildings and genetically engineered humans.
(Similarly, Robert M. Schoch’s newly disclosed belief in magical powers and demons does not necessarily repudiate his science—which is faulty on other grounds—though it raises questions of what criteria he uses to distinguish natural actions from sorcery. That, though, is a question applicable to his own internal beliefs, not the external, shared world of science.)
But what I want to share is a very telling passage at the end of Coppens’ critique, where he reveals his true self:
This is all I have to say about your blog entry. If you want to continue nitpicking, I am sure to jump in on occasion and leave some comments, but I think we've dealt with this issue. I am sure you may want to continue your posting by using ridiculous notions like "artistic choice" and I wish you well with wasting your and everyone else's time in writing and doing so. I, however, don't. I am sure that leaves me open for more name calling on your part! Somehow, I feel I stir something in you that you so hate, that I feel that whatever I do, I cannot change that.
But what do I know? According to Coppens, this very post is just “loads of blablabla,” and Chris White’s discussion of Coppens’ points will be met with fingers pressed firmly into his ears as he shouts “blablabla!” vainly to the stars.
You know: Science!