|Wesley R. Elsberry
Joined: May 2002
Johnson Invokes Satan
Reflecting upon the proceedings, Phillip Johnson gave his own analogy for the debate over evolution and ID. Using the Gospel accounts of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness, Johnson said Satan has tempted modern universities by offering "all the scientific institutions and research funding you need" as long as they will ask only materialistic questions and find only materialistic answers. Johnson noted that Jesus might have us reply, "Man shall not live by research funding alone but by following the evidence wherever it leads." Based on the evidence presented at this conference, the evidence points towards design.
One wonders how Satan tempted the community of 19th century scientists who rejected non-natural explanations in science. They were, after all, predominantly theists, far fewer of whom were affiliated with institutions, and many of whom were independently wealthy.
"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks." - Dorothy Parker