FW: Re: Phil Johnson on Focus on the Family

Rasmussen, Ryan J. (rasmussen@mcnamee.com)
Tue, 27 Apr 1999 16:57:30 -0400

I'm sending this again becuase the original has not yet posted to the
list. Sorry if it is a duplicate.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rasmussen, Ryan J.
> Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 1999 4:45 PM
> To: 'asa@calvin.edu'
> Subject: Re: Phil Johnson on Focus on the Family
> 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 discussion.
> 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.
> Sincerely,
> Ryan