I just clipped the following quote from in a 1991 article about Phillip
Johnson, author of "Darwin on Trial" and "The Wedge of Truth":
Quoted from: <http://www.origins.org/pjohnson/testmony.html>
Is Johnson a creationist? The trial lawyer answers the question cautiously,
demanding to define the term. "In what sense?," he asks. "The word
'creationist' has been turned by the media into a very specialized word: it
means a young-earth, six-day, Biblical literalist. In that sense, I'm not a
creationist. However, the concept of creation can mean simply that we are
here as the result of a preexisting intelligence which planned our
existence for a purpose--whether through instantaneous creation or 4.6
billion years of gradual development, to which you could attach the word
'evolution.' The length of time and the nature of the mechanism is not the
key issue. It's whether there's an intelligence and purpose behind our
existence--or our existence is random and accidental.
I was rather surprised that he would say that life could have gradually
over 4.6 billion years and then say that "... the nature of the mechanism
is not the key issue." This almost sounds like he is open to the
possibility of Common Descent or some kind of "theistic evolution". Has he
changed his tune since then?
On another subject, I heard the name "Sir John Templeton" on the radio a
few days ago. This man is said to be a close associate of Billy Graham,
but had since left the faith because of intellectual/philosophical issues.
Does anyone have any other information about this man?
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