Darwin on Trial (20th Anniversary Edition)

Darwin on Trial (20th Anniversary Edition)

Johnson, Phillip E.


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Is evolution fact or fancy? Is natural selection an unsupported hypothesis or a confirmed mechanism of evolutionary change?

These were the courageous questions that professor of law Phillip Johnson originally took up in 1991. His relentless pursuit to follow the evidence wherever it leads remains as relevant today as then.

The facts and the logic of the arguments that purport to establish a theory of evolution based on Darwinian principles, says Johnson, continue to draw their strength from faith--faith in philosophical naturalism.

In this edition Johnson responds to critics of the first edition and maintains that scientists have put the cart before the horse, regarding as scientific fact what really should be regarded as a yet unproved hypothesis. Also included is a new, extended introduction by noted biologist Michael Behe, who chronicles the ongoing relevance of Johnson's cogent analysis.

247 Pages
Published October 2010

About the Author A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Law School,

Phillip E. Johnson served as law clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court and taught law for more than thirty years at the University of California, Berkeley where he is professor emeritus. He is recognized as the leading spokesman for the intelligent design movement. Johnson is an advisor to the Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture (Seattle, Washington). His IVP titles include Darwin on Trial, Reason in the Balance, The Wedge of Truth, The Right Questions, and Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds.

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247 Pages
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: October 2010
ISBN 10: 0830838317
ISBN 13: 9780830838318

"Praise for the first edition: "Darwin on Trial shows just how Darwinian evolution has become an idol of the contemporary tribe, and how deeply philosophical and religious ideas enter into its status as part of the intellecutal orthodoxy of our day."
-Alvin Plantinga, Notre Dame University

"Praise for the first edition: "Darwin on Trial is unquestionably the best critique of Darwinism I have ever read. Professor Johnson combines a broad knowledge of biology with the incisive logic of a leading legal scholar to deliver a brilliant and devastating attack on the whole edifice of Darwinian belief.""
-Michael Denton, molecular biologist and author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis