Re: Phillip Johnson interview

From: Howard J. Van Till (
Date: Mon Apr 30 2001 - 13:09:25 EDT

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    > Larry Johnston:
    > I would interpret PJ's remark to say that the Evolutionary (Capital E)
    > _worldview_ and the Biblical worldview are in conflict.

    By Phillip Johnson's definition, an Evolutionary worldview entails
    specifically anti-theistic tenets. Thus to say that an E-worldview is in
    conflict with a biblical worldview is to say the trivially obvious. No need
    to spearhead an ID movement for that.

    > In other words, looking at other writings of PJ, the extrapolation of
    > microevolution into macroevolution and beyond to origin of life, into a
    > _materialistic worldview_ is in conflict with the Biblical worldview.

    But the point that Johnson fails to understand is that the extrapolation of
    microevolution into macroevolution and on to the possibility that the
    Creation is gifted by its Creator with all of the requisite formational
    capabilities to actualize its God-given potentiality for living systems does
    NOT necessarily entail any capitulation to a materialistic worldview.

    > Thanks Keith and the others. I have enjoyed watching this concerted research
    > effort by some good Christians on the ASA List, to do away with the need to
    > take PJ and the ID movement seriously.

    I do take the ID movement seriously, as a theologically and scientifically
    flawed movement that will ultimately bring embarrassment to the Christian

    > Or, is it an attempt to help good
    > Christian PJ by showing him how he can be more precise, and more effective?

    I have been trying to do that for a decade, without success.

    Howard Van Till

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