Darwin's nemesis: Phillip Johnson and the Intelligent Design Movement Paperback – 21 Apr 2006
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This book reviews and celebrates the life and influence of legal scholar Phillip Johnson and the movement of which he has been the chief architect. Eighteen essays provide insights into diverse aspects of intelligent designs engagement with Darwinism.
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With the publication of 'Darwin on Trial' in 1991, Cal Berkeley legal scholar Phillip Johnson became the leading figure in the intelligent design movement. Exposing and calling into question the philosophical foundations of Darwinism, Johnson led the charge against this largely unquestioned philosophy of materialistic reductionism and its purported basis in scientific research. This book reviews and celebrates the life and thought of Phillip Johnson and the movement for which he has served as chief architect. Editors William A. Dembski and Jed C. Macosko present eighteen essays by those who have known and worked with Phil for more than a decade. They provide personal and in-depth insight into the man, his convictions and his leadership of the intellectual movement that called into question the hegemony of Darwinian theory.See all Product description
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I did not buy it before and I do not buy it now. This book, "Darwin's Nemesis" deals with all this in formidable argument. It is not too late for brainwashed Darwinists to look at the evidence. If you study the "Humanist Manifesto I & 2" you will find the Intelligentsia, Lawyers and Educators doing away with God and his rules so more than a few of them could get on with their lie of license.
Dembski wrote in the Preface to this 2006 book, "This volume takes its place alongside other intelligent-design compilations, serving as a handy reference for various ID research topics and personal stories. Yet, as a tribute to our well-loved friend, this book also plays a special role in the ID literature... this book memorializes Phil's achievements in heading the ID movement and thanks him for his influence not only on our lives but also on the wider community of ID proponents and friendly critics." (Pg. 21) Essayists include Stephen Meyer, Michael Behe, Thomas Woodward, Michael Ruse [!], Jonathan Wells, etc., and a "Final Word" by Philip Johnson.
Michael Behe recalls, "I hit what... was a major bump in the road. In a flyer listing the monthly offerings of a book club I belonged to, I saw an ad for Evolution: A Theory In Crisis, by Australian geneticist Michael Denton. I was puzzled. Although I knew some folks ... who disbelieved evolution for religious reasons, I had never heard of a scientist who questioned evolution based on science... [Darwin's] very attempt to explain life by natural law made the natural development of life thinkable... And it was that serene assumption that was shattered for me by Denton's book." (Pg. 41-42)
Woodward observes, "university professors in the arts and literature as well as in social sciences and hard sciences are free ... to hold theistic beliefs... However, according to intelligent-design theorists, these same theists often do not have the freedom to connect their academic work with their deepest convictions about the existence of a deity who transcends and rules the universe." (Pg. 71)
Jonathan Wells recalls, "as a seminary student at Unification Theological Seminary in the late 1970s, I had become convinced that there is a fundamental conflict between theistic religions and Darwinian evolution... I also listened to many talks by Reverend Moon, who was critical of Darwinism for promoting the belief that living beings originated without God's creative activity... In 1978, Reverend Moon chose me and several other seminary graduates to receive church scholarships for further graduate study in theology." (Pg. 164-166)
Another essayist notes, "It is interesting that the ID movement was born in the dark shadows of the 1982 Arkansas creationists court case and the 1987 Supreme Court decision on the Louisiana creationist case, both resounding victories for advocates of a naturalistic monopoly in the study and teaching of social science." (Pg. 313-314)
This book will be of keen interest to anyone studying the Intelligent Design movement.
I note one writer who argues how terrible it is that there are those who believe that since religion is not testable truth that it can not be taught as truth in schools. Yes, that is why your truth has to be faith, not taught in public schools as truth. Students are of different faiths, and it is up to their faiths to teach them faith. It is the role of schools to teach testable truth. That's the way it is supposed to be. Sorry.
The book is a good resource. Even those who disagree with these views can learn from it and allow the debates on this to continue.
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