According to naturalism-what the author calls "the
established religious philosophy of America"-God has no place in law,
science or the schools. Naturalistic thinking believes nature is all there
ever was, is and will be. And naturalistic thinking rules the intellectual
world, including the public schools, the universities and the elite of the
But is naturalism itself beyond question? Few among the cultural elite have
dared doubt it. Now comes Phillip Johnson, Berkeley law professor and former
clerk to the U.S. Supreme Court, set to take on the "intellectual superstitions"
of the day.
Reason in the Balance is about God, sex education, evolution, abortion,
the search for a grand unified theory in physics, what our public schools
should teach, the basis of law, the meaning of reason and a few other things
that matter. And that's just the long way of saying that after this book,
the culture wars may never be the same again.
"Phillip Johnson is an author who is simply to be read,
and closely studied, by all who wish to understand the forces that actually
govern the intellectual world in the United States today."
Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California
"With rare lucidity and bracing urgency, Reason
in the Balance makes a convincing case for the liberation of nature,
and of human nature, from naturalism's claim that reality is less than we
know it to be. In advancing this argument, Phillip Johnson proves himself
a worthy heir of Samuel Johnson."
RICHARD JOHN NEUHAUS
Editor in Chief, First Things
REASON IN THE BALANCE
Phillip E. Johnson
InterVarsity Press, 1995
Downers Grove, Illinois
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