Re: Johnson interview

Date: Mon Aug 21 2000 - 09:37:13 EDT

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    Howard Van Till quoted,

    << "Not to put too fine a point on it, the Darwinian establishment views
     theistic evolution as a weak-kneed sycophant that desperately wants the
     respectability that comes with being a full-blooded Darwinist but refuses to
     follow the logic of Darwinism through to the end. It takes courage to give
     up the comforting belief that life has a purpose. It takes courage to live
     without the consolation of an afterlife. Theistic evolutionists lack the
     stomach to face the ultimate meaninglessness of life, and it is this failure
     of courage that makes them contemptible in the eyes of full-blooded
     Darwinists." William Dembski, in _Intelligent Design_, InterVarsity Press,
     p. 112. >>

    Perhaps this is also why it is so important to get out into the world
    around and discuss one's views in the marketplace. Too much isolation
    whether it be with ultra darwinist materialist, Methodists, stamp
    collectors, or intelligent designers is a likely to breed misconceptions,
    if no efforts are made to check one's views with the outside world.

    Nevertheless, this quote does surprise me. Dembski's "The Design Inference"
    was quite reasonable (although of rather limited utility). However, it did
    not delve deeply into any issues related to science and religion.

    For those who might be Methodists, there is no special reason for
    this ignoble selection, ideed, it is much too general. My only point is
    that extreme isolation within a particular group whatever that group may
    be is not good. Baptist and Catholics can have good ideas, at least

    So now that I have insulted everyone, I sign off with my one and only
    remaining hope out of this tangle

    By Grace and Grace alone do we proceed, <grin>.....

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