From: Jeffrey Shallit
To: All Dec-23-93 01:42PM
Subject: Johnson's publisher
Organization: University of Waterloo
From: email@example.com (Jeffrey Shallit)
Didn't Phillip Johnson tell us that the publisher for the new edition of
his book, _Darwin on Trial_, was InterVarsity Press?
I assume this is the one based in Downers Grove, Illinois, and not the
one in Leicester, England, although perhaps they are related.
If so, they are a fundamentalist Christian publisher. Among the other gems
they put out are:
For Christ and the university : the story of Intervarsity Christian
Fellowship of the U.S.A.
The Variety of American evangelicalism
Marriage and divorce : when is divorce permitted? : what about
Homosexual partnerships? : why same-sex relationships are not a
Hard sayings of the Old Testament
Confronting the new age : how to resist a growing religious movement
Completely pro-life : building a consistent stance
Strange that an author with a "scientific" attack on a scientific
theory would choose such a publisher. Or is it that Johnson was
unable to get a reputable scientific publisher to distribute his
While it is certainly conceivable that such a publisher could put
out a valid work of science or philosophy, many will interpret Johnson's
choice of publisher as a tacit admission that his objections are
religious and not scientific... which, of course, they are. Perhaps
Johnson felt that the fees charged by Vantage Press were too high.
As a colleague, a professor at a major American university, once
remarked to me in e-mail:
Just got "Darwin on Trial" by Phillip Johnson. I thought
it would be a history of all the monkey trials, but it seems to
be a thinly disguised plea for creationism.
Today, the theory of evolution is an accepted fact for everyone but
a fundamentalist minority, whose objections are based not on reasoning
but on doctrinaire adherence to religious principles.
-- James Watson, winner of the Nobel prize for his co-discovery
of the structure of DNA