From: Allan Harvey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tuesday, April 27, 1999 2:54 PM
Subject: Re: Phil Johnson on Focus on the Family
>At 01:29 PM 3/27/99 -0800, Arthur V. Chadwick wrote:
>>At 12:20 PM 4/27/99 -0600, Allan wrote:
>>>On more than one occasion Phil Johnson has lamented the hostility he gets
>>>from Christians in academic science. Yet here he is (and not for the
>>>first time) on a widely circulated medium slandering the integrity of his
>>>brothers and sisters in academia. While I'm not in favor of hostility
>>>(though I confess having some within me), one must say that, to a large
>>>extent, Johnson brings it upon himself.
>>>At 01:29 PM 4/27/99 -0400, Ryan Rasmussen wrote:
>>>>Did anyone get a chance to listen to Dr. Phil Johnson on Dr. James
>>>>Dobson's Focus on the Family radio show today? They basically trashed
>>>>Darwinistic Evolution during the beginning of the show and moved into
>>>>trashing Theistic Evolution and anything else that included evolutionary
>>>>theory. By the end of the show they were accusing Christians that work
>>>>in scientific academia as selling out to naturalism in order to further
>>>>their own professional goals. At one point Phil said that the reason
>>>>Christian higher education does not take a hard stance against
>>>>evolutionary theory is beause the parents of the students that attend
>>>>these schools want their kids to go on to ivy league schools and
>>>>therefor must be educated in the secular theory of evolution in order
>>>>for this to happen. They then went on to congratulate each other on
>>>>their recent publications.
>>Am I missing something here? Did he say something that was not true?
>>Since I didn't hear his comments, I cannot respond to the trashing of
>>Johnson with anything except questions as to what it was that he said that
>>you would challenge. If you can't deal with the problem factually, it
>>would probably be best not to engage in character assassination.
>What he said (as reported by Ryan Rasmussen, I didn't hear the program
>myself) was that Christians in scientific academia are "selling out to
>naturalism in order to further their own professional goals"). That (and
>similar comments about such people "selling out" and being
>"accommodationists" in previous interviews) was what I was referring to
>as slandering his brothers and sisters.
>Art, I would hope that you would not be in agreement with that
>characterization of, for example, the academic Christians in science with
>whom you interact on this list (even if you don't agree with their
>interpretations of scientific evidence and/or Scripture). If you *do*
>think they (we, since I'm peripherally in that category) are so devoid of
>integrity, I at least commend you for keeping your postings on this list
>focused on the science rather than attacking our characters.