Phil Reviews Terry's Review of DD

Dennis Feucht (
Fri, 29 Aug 1997 23:45:51 -0400

Terry Gray and other ASAers,

I thought it might be of interest to you to read Phil Johnson's response to
Terry Gray's review of his book, _Defeating Darwinism_.

(Passing note: IVP wouldn't go for Phil's title for the book, _Darwinism
Deconstructed_. And deconstructionism is so much in fashion!)

Dennis Feucht
From: Phillip E. Johnson <>
Subject: Review of DD by Terry Gray
Date: Friday, August 29, 1997 4:53 PM

Terry Gray, formerly of Calvin College, posted this review of DD to the
ASA listserve.

I'm grateful to Terry for paying so much careful attention to the book,
and pleased that he agrees with "95%" of it. However, the part he
doesn't agree with is fundamental; it's the part where intelligent design
actually has scientific content. For example, the failure to comprehend
that intelligent selection is altogether different from natural
(unintelligent) selection is a variant of what I describe in DD as
"Berra's Blunder." Sure, you can get a target phrase faster by
intelligent selection of the right letters than by chance. A lot faster.
If your random letter generator is fast enough, the intelligent
selection process is every bit as fast as just writing out the target
phrase by memory -- because <bold><italic>that is what it amounts
to</italic></bold>. I'd be delighted to hear Dawkins and Sobol (Sobel?)
try to defend themselves in public on this one. Anyway, Terry is a well
meaning and generous guy.