To: All Dec2393 01:42PM Subject: Johnson's publisher Didn't Phillip Johnson tell us that t

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From: Jeffrey Shallit To: All Dec-23-93 01:42PM Subject: Johnson's publisher Organization: University of Waterloo From: shallit@graceland.uwaterloo.ca (Jeffrey Shallit) Message-ID: Newsgroups: talk.origins 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 remarriage? Homosexual partnerships? : why same-sex relationships are not a Christian option 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 drivel? 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. Jeff Shallit 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

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