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by Dennis Wagner

Number Seven, September 17, 2000

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This is the seventh issue of ARN-Announce. It describes many of the upcoming events and new articles, books, videos and other resources on Intelligent Design. Please forward this message to several of your friends and colleagues to let them know about the resources available at Access Research Network ( Back issues of ARN-Announce can be found at

The Wedge of Truth: Splitting the Foundations of Naturalism by Phillip E. Johnson

Professor Phillip Johnson does not set small goals. His life's ambition is to destroy the grip that naturalistic philosophy has on our modern culture. Johnson is a strategic thinker and for years he has been laying out his "Wedge" strategy with his close friends and associates. With this book Johnson finally takes his finely-tuned game plan public for all to see, friend and foe alike.

How do we split the huge monolithic log of naturalism? Simple, according to Johnson. We find a small crack and start driving in a wedge until the monolith splits apart. Johnson states early in the book "The most important crack in the modernist log is the difference between two distinct definitions of science. On the one hand, modernists say that science is impartial fact-finding, the objective and unprejudiced weighing of evidence....On the other hand, modernists also identify science with naturalistic philosophy. In that case science is committed to finding and endorsing naturalistic explanations for every phenomenon-regardless of the facts." They can't have it both ways and with this, his fourth book, he pounds the wedge in another foot deeper. His chapter titles include:

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Phillip Johnson will be in the Chicago area September 18-22 to talk about the Intelligent Design movement, evolution and his latest book The Wedge of Truth:

TUESDAY, September. 19: Phillip Johnson's first stop will be his hometown. He will speak at the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora, 325 E. Downer Place, at 7 p.m. For more information call (630) 844-0050 or visit on the web.

WEDNESDAY, September. 20: Phillip Johnson will be a special guest on WMBI Radio's syndicated show Open Line. The theme for the show will be "Intelligent Design." Johnson will join Open Line host Wayne Sheppard, and panelists Bob Rutan, an Aurora public school teacher, and Greg Quiggle, Associate Professor of Theology at Moody Bible Institute. Tune into Chicago's 90.1 fm and am 1110 at 8 p.m. In addition to the regular phone-in opportunities that are normally available during Open Line, this special edition will feature a live studio audience at Moody Bible Institute's Alumni Auditorium.

Among the issues to be raised by this panel of experts will be the question of whether or not intelligent design belongs in public school science classrooms. A recent federal ruling states: "Schools may teach about explanations of life on earth, including religious ones (such as creationism), in comparative religion or social studies classes. In science class, however, they may present only genuinely scientific critiques of, or evidence for, any explanation of life on earth, but not religious critiques (beliefs unverifiable by scientific methodology)." This Open Line panel will tackle this question. For more information about tickets for this Open Line event or to find the radio station on which it will air in your area, visit

THURSDAY, September 22: Chat online with Phillip Johnson on He will be waiting for your questions from 8-9 p.m. CST. Visit before the day of the show to get your log-in name.

FRIDAY, September 23: Phillip Johnson will be on WGN Radio's syndicated Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg. Robert Richards, Professor of the History of Science at the University of Chicago, will also be part of the discussion. The show will air live from 9-11 p.m. CST. Call in with your questions and comments at 10 p.m. CST. For more information about this show and WGN's radio stations nationwide, visit

For more information about Phillip Johnson, his books and these events, contact Krista Van Gorp, Electronic Publicity Manager, InterVarsity Press, (800) 843-4587 ext. 4013, or Al Hsu, Print Publicity Manager,(800) 843-4587 ext. 4014.


Paul Nelson, Editor of our Origins & Design journal and Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute will speak Wednesday evening, September 20, 2000 at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Duane Physics Building, Room #1B20. His topic will be "Darwin versus Design: The Case for a New Scientific Toolkit" The lecture begins at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Elton and Mary Wolter from ARN will be there with an ARN booktable. The next day Paul will be speaking to a private faculty lunch group at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.


Our discussion bulletin board continues to light up with lively and informative dialog every day. Here are just a few recent highlights:

Evidence Against Natural Origin of Life (OOL)
By DNAunion

DNAunion has recently challenged the idea that life arose naturalistically with a collection of posts showing problems with chemical evolution scenario:

These posts have sparked a lively discussion that has spread throughout the board.

Experience in the Lab Working on Abiogenesis
By J.Francis
On the second page of the thread, "Should ID Be Taught In Public Schools?," J.Francis discusses his experiences in the lab and his work with liposomes as well as some of the basic requirements for building a cell. His post clarifies some of the earlier discussions on the origin of life, and at the end of his post J.Francis advocates the position of teaching the controversy because according to Francis, "when I compare the lists side by side I see a lot of speculation about evolution and design."


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