Re: Phillip Johnson on young earth creationism
- The question of where Phillip Johnson stands on various topics has been raised on this list.
Very recently, he told a group of supporters and critics the following:
"I have consistently said that I take no position on the age of the earth, and that I regard
the issue as not ripe for debate yet. I have also rejected all suggestions that I should
denounce the YECs and instead have said that I regard high-quality YECs like Andrew Snelling
as respected allies. I am not upset when YECs criticize me for not embracing their position,
nor am I upset when theistic evolutionists or progressive creationists criticize me for being
overly friendly with YECs. For now I am standing right where I want to stand. When
developments make it appropriate for me to clarify or adjust my position, I will not hesitate
to do so."
Hope this helps. Cheers, Denyse
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- I think Johnson sees the OEC's as being more tolerant and scientific, so he feels he does not need to agree with them, but views the YEC's as more fundamental and dogmatic, so he wants their support.
"Stephen E. Jones" <sejones@...> wrote:
I have an early tape of Johnson's where he tells an interviewer (or it might
have been a talk-back caller) that (from memory), "I find a universe of vast
ages to be more appealing". So why does not Johnson simply tell what
*must* be the truth, that he is in fact an Old-Earth Creationist, who
interprets the days of Genesis 1 as long periods of time, but wants to be
"allies" with YECs in the struggle against Materialistic-Naturalistic
Evolution? Because that is what I (and I am sure that the other OECs who
left the ID movement because of Johnson's lack of even-handedness towards
OEC) would *agreed* with him on.
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