Articles by Phillip E. Johnson
- The Church of Darwin (8.27.99)
Reprinted from The Wall Street Journal, August 16, 1999.
- Comparing Hostage Takers (5.13.97)
Paper written before the publication of Darwin on Trial, in which Phillip
Johnson attempts to find common ground with theistic evolutionists.
- The Creationist and the Sociobiologist (6.7.97)
Reprinted from California Law Review,Volume 80, Number 4, July 1992.
- Darwinism's Rules of Reasoning (9.11.96)
This paper was originally delivered at a plenary session of the Southwestern
Anthropological Association in Berkeley, California in April, 1992. It was
subsequently published in the California Anthropologist and in Rivista
di Biologia (1994) (in Italian and English). A similar lecture is included
in the collection Darwinism: Science or Philosophy?(Buell & Hearn
- Darwinists Squirm Under Spotlight (2.22.97)
Reprinted from an interview with Citizen Magazine, January 1992.
- How Can We Tell Science from Religion? (10.18.98)
Paper delivered at the Conference on the Origin of Intelligent Life in the
Universe, September 28-31, 1998.
- Is God Unconstitutional?
The Established Religious Philosophy of America (9.2.96)
Aa discussion of modernism, and the danger it poses to true scientific objectivity.
- Keeping the Darwinists Honest (5.10.99)
Reprinted from an interview with Citizen Magazine, April 1999.
- Lecture Report: Meave Leakey
Announces New Hominid Genus (3.27.01)
Meave Leakey lectured in San Francisco the evening of Thursday, March 22,
the very day of the official publication (in Nature) of her team's
claim to have discovered a new genus of hominid. Phillip Johnson provides
this report of the lecture.
- The Religion of the Blind Watchmaker (8.31.96)
Reply to Stephen Jay Gould's 1992 Scientific American review of Darwin
- What (If Anything) Hath God Wrought? (8.31.96)
Published in the Sept/Oct 1995 issue of Academe, the official journal
of the American Association of University Professors.
- What is Darwinism? (8.31.96)
Paper originally delivered as a lecture at a symposium at Hillsdale
College, in November 1992.
Articles and Reviews from Books & Culture
- Daniel Dennett's Dangerous Idea (8.31.96)
Review of Darwin's Dangerous Idea, by Daniel Dennett, was published
in The New Criterion, October, 1995.
- The Extinction of Darwinism (9.11.96)
Review from The Atlantic, February, 1992.
- The Fear of God (4.7.99)
Review of The Fifth Miracle: The Search for the Origin of Life, by
Paul Davies (1999). A condensed version of this review essay
was published in the Weekly Standard for March 22, 1999. This is the
original manuscript version.
- The Robot Rebellion of
Richard Dawkins (7.5.00)
Review of Richard Dawkins' Unweaving the Rainbow. Reprinted from Christian
Research Journal, June 14, 2000.
Articles and Reviews from First Things Journal
- Engaging the Third Culture Sept/Oct 1995
A review of The Third Culture: Beyond the Scientific
Revolution, by John Brockman. John Brockman is a literary agent who represents
many of the most famous scientist/authors of today. The "third culture" of his title consists of scientists who write books for the general public;
Brockman thinks they have replaced humanists as the most important intellectuals
of modern culture.
- The Law and Politics of Religious
Freedom: A Revolution in the Making Nov/Dec. 1995
A joint review of two books: Foreordained Failure:
The Quest for a Constitutional Principle of Religious Freedom, By Steven
D. Smith (Oxford University Press 1995); and Mere Creatures of the State?
Education, Religion, and the Court, by William Bentley Ball (Crisis Books
1995). Steven D. Smith is a professor of constitutional law; William Bentley
Ball is a practicing lawyer who has represented religious groups in famous
Supreme Court cases.
- The Belief that Works Best (published
as "William James and the Sirens of Rationalism"). Jan/Feb 1996
A review of Paul Jerome Croce, Science and Religion
in the Era of William James: The Eclipse of Certainty, 1820-1880, (Vol.1:
University of North Carolina Press, 1995). Croce is a professor of history;
his book is about the beginnings of pragmatism in American philosophy in the
wake of the Darwinian revolution.
- Paul Feyerabend's Choice for Freedom (published as "Wundergadfly"). March/April 1996
A review of Paul Feyerabend's autobiography, Killing Time.
Paul Feyerabend was a philosopher of science and a famous critic of the scientific
imperialism promoted by the authors interviewed in the John Brockman collection
(see #1, above).
- Starting a Conversation about Evolution (published as "Third Party Science"). May/June 1996.
A review of The Battle of the Beginnings: Why Neither
Side is Winning the Creation-Evolution Debate, by Del Ratzsch. Ratzsch
is a professor of philosophy at Calvin College.
- Left Behind Sept/Oct 1996.
A review of The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America
is Wracked by Culture Wars, by Todd Gitlin. Gitlin, a Berkeley sociologist
who recently moved to New York University, was a founding member of what used
to be called the "New Left."
- Pomo Science Nov/Dec 1996.
A review of "Science Wars", a special issue
of Social Text (Vol. 14, Nos. 1-2, 1996); and The End of Science:
Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twighlight of the Scientific Age by John Horgan. This review contrasts the rationalist and relativist approaches
to science -- and to Biblical studies.
- Harter's Precept (published
as "The Emperor's New Theories") March/April 1997.
Critical Thinking applied to some prominent fallacies
in social science.
- Genius and Plod May/June 1997.
A joint review of Martin Gilbert's book about how he investigated
all the fascinating details of Winston Churchill's life, and of Drusilla Scott's
popular account of Michael Polanyi's thought.
- The Law Written on the Heart (Published as "Coercion and Conscience) July/August 1997.
A review of J. Budziszewski's book about natural law.