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The Right Questions: Truth, Meaning & Public Debate [Paperback]

By Phillip E. Johnson (Author) & Nancy Pearcey (Foreword by)
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Going far beyond matters of creation and evolution, Johnson calls for all true educators and leaders to openly pursue questions of ultimate concern, including questions about the meaning of human history, about God, and God's Word.

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An ECPA 2003 Gold Medallion Finalist Phillip E. Johnson pries the lid off public debate about questions of ultimate concern--questions often suppressed by our society's intellectual elite. Moving far beyond matters of creation and evolution, Johnson outlines the questions we all ought to be asking about the meaning of human history, the limits of scientific inquiry, religion and education in a pluralistic society, truth, liberty and moral choices, and God and His Word, Jesus Christ. Johnson deftly demonstrates how the reigning naturalistic philosophy not only squelches public debate but also constrains us to ask the wrong questions. Unless we start with the right questions, Johnson argues, our discussions will be framed by the assumptions of that very philosophy which must be challenged. Johnson asserts that even the Christian church has much too often passively accepted this limiting frame of mind to the detriment of all. But Christian faith and conviction instead ought to lead in opening up the search for truth and meaning through the kind of public education that "teaches in controversy." Then all of us will be prepared to engage in lively, informed and civil debate about the questions that really matter. Why is it always wrong to mix science and religion? What is the ultimate premise, the beginning point, from which logic should proceed? How can a college education prepare students to understand the ultimate purpose or meaning for which life should be lived and to choose rightly from among the available possibilities? What is the appropriate understanding of religion in a pluralistic nation where substantial numbers of Christians, agnostics, Jews and Muslims all need to live together in peace? How can democratic liberalism remain viable when severed from its Christian roots? What is the most important event in human history? Provocative, personal, persuasive and prophetic, Johnson is certain to help us break free from our intellectual and spiritual captivity.

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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.38" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2004
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830832130  
ISBN13  9780830832132  

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More About Phillip E. Johnson & Nancy Pearcey

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Phillip E. Johnson taught law for more than thirty years at the University of California--Berkeley where he is professor emeritus. He is recognized as a leading spokesman for the intelligent design movement, and is the author of many books, including Darwin on Trial, Reason in the Balance and Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds.

Phillip E. Johnson currently resides in the state of California. Phillip E. Johnson was born in 1940.

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Theonomo is right! (Review May 31, 2003)  Sep 9, 2006
This book is clearly written and deals with important issues in the public arena, particularly the wagons circled around Darwinism. Johnson's take on these matters is neither simplistic nor outdated. Some of his observations about the nature of Islam are particularly interesting in light of the Iraq experience since they predate the invasion of Iraq.

The Publisher's Weekly reviewer evidently did not read or did not understand the book. That review mischaracterizes both Johnson's manner and the content of "The Right Questions." It is obvious that the one-star reviewers did not bother to read the book and know very little about the subject matter.

Serious readers, even those firmly committed to evolution, ought to be left wondering why the origin debate, or at least discussion of the philosophical issues surrounding the debate, is a closed subject in our schools.
Right Question Before Aruging Right Answer  Jun 26, 2006
Johnson is passionate and erudite debater for the principle of asking the right question before answering. Famous for application of this in the area of origin of the universe, here Johnson provides brief but fascinating inquiry into not only the origin issue, but also worldview.

Clearly he provides the strategic impetus for attacking those who hide behind their answers and thwart asking the right question, whether it be in the philosophical or political or educational arena.

How frustrating is it when those in control will not allow true debate? One plays into this the book contends when allowance of the wrong questions to dominate the debate. He has admirably championed the cause of contending not with science but with philosophical naturalism. Not allowing the debate to center on Genesis but on John 1:1 is revolutionary.

His bravery in discussing his own humbling experience with stroke rehab is touching and instructive.

Challenging the question of the most important historical event to date should cause all, but especially educators and culturally elite to consider the factual data rather than philosophical bents. Worldview presuppositions certainly do shape what we allow to be discussed, taught to our young, and be allowed in our culture.

One wise person said that it is significant that one side will always be willing to discuss all options, while it is equally significant when some will allow not all options equal discussion. Johnson certainly is a proponent of all sides having their day in the discussion.
The Right Question is Whether Life Was Designed by Intelligence, or Nothing  Jun 21, 2006
The Right Questions is the product of an accomplished scholar who is reflecting upon culture and society in light of his other books which provided an extensive scientific critique of naturalistic theories of origins. In this book, Phillip Johnson asks, "What are the right questions" in topics such as logic, the meaning of life, Genesis, and biological origins? It is only by asking the right questions that we will find the appropriate solutions to problems faced by society.

Johnson opens this book with a frank discussion of how his own personal trials and battles over health have renewed his faith. Johnson then reminds us that the key fundamental is not about the precise meaning of this or that passage of Scripture:

"The conflict is primarily not about Genesis, nor does it involve a clash between science and religion, or between science and faith. It would be much more accurate to say that it involves a clash between two religions and two definitions of science." (pg. 60)

Johnson observes, "In every university there are scores of faculty and students who are suffocated by the prevailing dogmas of scientific materialism or political correctness but who almost never get a chance to hear anything else." (pg. 51) Ruling creeds succeed when they keep their followers from exploring alternatives (pg. 73), which is why Darwinists refuse to permit discussion of the controversy over the science of Darwinism.

The right question that must be permitted for discussion in school is therefore, "Did the scientific evidence really support the philosophical conclusion (in a word, naturalism) that the Darwinists wished us to adopt, or could naturalism as a worldview survive only as long as dogmatic philosophical barriers protected it from the evidence that points to a designer?" (pg. 84) Once that question can be asked, Johnson is convinced that the chips will fall where the evidence leads.
Peeing into the wind . . . .   Dec 13, 2005
Evolution is supported by mountains and mountains of documented, irrefutable evidence from educated, professional, intelligent people who have simply followed the course of where their research took them. It's no longer about one guy who wrote one book in the mid-1800's. Not any more. Inform yourselves, people. I challenge anyone reading this to actually investigate how much supporting research there is out there for evolution in science, in astronomy, biology geology and physics. It's overwhelming. Check out some web sites from some universities and research institutes to get an idea of how research is being done on evolution all over the world. Do you think they're all in a conspiracy, and that they're just making it all up?
A disappointed and ashamed Christian.  Dec 13, 2005
This author has gotten one thing right: scientific discoveries and theories should be questioned. In fact, any scientist who says otherwise is rather disingenuous. Science is all about questioning pre-existing knowledge. That's how it grows and, with observation, experimentation and logical reasoning, is part of how new knowledge is acquired. That's what Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and anyone else who has made scientific discoveries did. There is a point however where the questioning continuously leads to the same conclusion, which is the point where concepts such as evolution and relativity are now. Where creationists/intelligent designers fail is in assuming that simply raising questions provides evidence to the contrary of what you are questioning. It does not. If there is an "intelligent designer" you need to do more than simply point out that there are aspects of evolutionary biology where further research is needed. What you have to do is provide research that provides evidence for any alternative that you propose. Simply raising questions is not enough. You need to provide evidence for an alternative claim. Without such evidence, creationism cannot be considered science, and thus, has no place in a science classroom. Furthermore, you must be willing to subject yourself to - and to encourage - the same process of questioning of your ideas. I am a Christian who has no problem with this. I don't need to lie to children to keep my faith strong. I don't need to confuse them about what constitutes scientific knowledge. I can accept that evolution is the way God created the world. Why He has chosen to do it that way is for Him to know. I don't trust anyone who says they know what God thinks. I don't trust anyone, such as this author, who feels he has to mislead people about scientific knowledge in order to have faith in God.


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