Darwin's Critic to Speak at PUC

By Julie Z. Lee on November 14, 2007

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Widely acknowledged as the "principal lay critic of Darwinism," Dr. Phillip Johnson will speak for Pacific Union College's biannual Longo Lecture Series on Thursday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Dauphinee Chapel. His lecture is entitled "The New Evolution Controversy and Where it is Going."

Dr. Johnson is the Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught for the University's School of Law since 1968. A graduate of Harvard Law School (1961) and the University of Chicago (1965), Dr. Johnson served from 1966-67 as Law Clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court.

Many of his books have been national best-sellers, including Darwin on Trial (1993), Reason in the Balance: The Case Against Naturalism in Science, Law & Education (1995), Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds (1997), and Objections Sustained: Subversive Essays on Evolution, Law & Culture (1998). Furthermore, he has appeared on many television programs as a defender of creation science, including the PBS telecast In the Beginning: The Creationist Controversy and William Buckley's Firing Line.

The Longo Lecture Series is made possible by a generous grant from Dr. Lawrence. D. Longo. Previous lecturers have included Chaim Potok, Martin Marty, and Robert Bellah.