Re: Phil Johnson on Focus on the Family

Rasmussen, Ryan J. (
Tue, 27 Apr 1999 16:44:37 -0400

Before this snowballs into a heated discussion let me just say that I
summarized a half hour interview in about 5 sentances. I do feel that
what I wrote in my email was accurate but the words "selling out" where
my own (but they may have been used in the interview if my memory is
correct) and I felt they convey the insult that I felt by their

At first I didn't have a problem with what they were discussing because
they were trashing natural selection but soon they started saying
"evolutionary theory" rather than "natural selection" as if natural
selection was the ONLY evolutionary theory. That's when I starting
feeling insulted and getting more than a little ticked off that Phil
mentioned nothing about ID or other theories that pose evolutionary
theory as the work of God. I was especially angry that Phil stated in a
factual manner (as if he were an expert) why Christian higher education
taught evolutionary theory because of parents of students bound for the
ivy league schools rather than standing against it as any true
Christians should. ( "as any true Christians should" -> once again this
is not verbatum but the jist of what they were saying)

I was also hoping that someone else on the list had heard the interview
and would be able to discuss with me what was said and verify what I
heard. I was pretty upset with Johnson and Dobson. I expected better
from at least Dobson but had heard mix feelings about Johnson from
others. I'm going to attempt to get a transcript of the interview and
see if I am allowed to post it to the list so we can all judge for
ourselves. Perhaps I should have just done that in the first place.