This reference to the ASA is significant & ominous. Johnson
seems to be saying that it will soon succumb completely to his notions.
I can only hope he is as wrong about it as he is about everything else.
ASA has been significant in the development of the modern
science-theology dialogue, and I have appreciated very much the
opportunities and interactions I myself have had because of it.
However, ASA is far from the only organization involved in this
dialogue. CTNS, CCRS, ITEST, FASE, denominational work groups of the
ELCA, UCC, PCUSA & others are playing an increasingly significant role.
_Members of these organizations are not, to any significant extent,
being taken in by the Johnson line._ They realize that, while important
aspects of evolution & its relationship with theology remain to be
worked out, evolution - including natural selection as at least a major
component - is here to stay.
If ASA wants to follow Johnson into the fever swamps, it will be
regrettable. I will be very sorry personally. But in the larger
view, it will simply mean that the serious science-theology work is
happening elsewhere. Many people engaged in science-theology dialogue
already think that ASA is an obscurantist organization. I have, in the
past, tried to convince them that that is not the case, but the
favorable reactions of some members to Johnson makes me wonder.
P.S. For anyone who wonders why I omitted it in the above list of
organizations, I'm aware of the role of the Templeton foundation, but
that would get too far afield now.