The Wedge of Truth

The Wedge of Truth

Chuck Colson says: “By asking the right questions, Phil Johnson brilliantly exposes the fault lines of the reigning Darwinian orthodoxy and challenges the disciples who preach philosophical naturalism under the guise of science. The Wedge is a must read. Witty, engaging and insightful, it cuts to the heart of the most crucial issue of our day.”

IF THERE IS A DISPUTE, SCIENCE ARBITRATES IT. If a law is to be passed, science must ratify it. If truth is to be taught, science must approve it. And when science is ignored, storms of protest are heard in the media, the university and local coffee shops.

YET A SOCIETY RULED BY SCIENCE (and the naturalistic philosophy that undergirds much of it) faces major problems. Science speaks so authoritatively in our culture that many are tempted to use its clout to back claims that go beyond the available evidence. How can we spot when such ideological sleight of hand has taken place?

MORE IMPORTANT, while we may learn a great deal from science, it does not offer us unlimited knowledge. In fact, most scientists readily acknowledge that it cannot deal with ultimate purposes and meaning in life. So to what authority will we turn for these?

THE DEFICIENCES IN SCIENCE and naturalism call for a cognitive revolution, a fundamental change in our worldview and thinking habits. And it all begins with the Wedge of truth.

IN ORDER TO SPLIT THE FOUNDATIONS OF NATURALISM, Johnson analyzes the latest debates about science and evolution. He incisively pinpoints philosophical assumptions and counters the objections to intelligent design raised by its most recent critics.

IN THE END, Johnson prophetically concludes that the walls of naturalism will fall and that the Christian gospel must play a vital role in building a new foundation for thinking – not just about science and religion but about everything that gives human life hope and meaning.

PHILLIP E. JOHNSON, former law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, is Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law, Emeritus, at the University of California at Berkeley, where he taught for thirty years. His previous books include Darwin on Trial, Reason in the Balance, Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds and Objections Sustained.

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