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Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds

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A book by Phillip E. Johnson

Johnson feels his successful antievolution books,Darwin on Trial(1991) andReason in the Balance(1995), are more complicated than parents and teachers need to prepare students to take on the evolutionists. Hence, this shorter version of his overall thesis … see full wiki

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Author: Phillip E. Johnson
Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Science
Publisher: IVP Books
1 review about Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds

Radical philosophical materialism and Darwinism

  • Dec 10, 2008
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I was hoping for more evidence to use to confront Darwinism with reason and science. Instead, it seems what Johnson has written is the outline for that book, with an introduction to the radical philosophical materialism of Darwinism, and the fissure that the wedge of DNA opens in the scientific monolith protected by force of law and public ridicule from the scientific community.

DNA encodes information. Information is organization, not material. It represents design. Design assumes intelligence, not evolution through natural selection of random mutations.

Perhaps Johnson only presents an outline-level argument because this book, written in 1996, appeared at the beginning of the DNA revolution, as more and faster computing power began to decode the DNA databases that exist in and all around us. I wonder if he or other authors have an updated argument based on the same line of reasoning based on where we are in 2008?

Johnson summarizes his philosophical argument to this question: "What should we do if empirical evidence and materialist philosophy are going in different directions?" (p. 114). Judging by the visceral ad hominem attacks that have accompanied my reviews (soon to include this one) that say anything positive about creationism or Christianity in relation to science, this line of questioning is hitting close to the heart of the matter--and provides a hint to the answer . The suggested tags available when I wrote this review provide the rest of the answer:

breathtaking inanity, anti-science, turd sandwhich, intelligent design, science, evolution, christian, darwin, crackpottery

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