Like the Darwinian mechanism, the Lamarckian one appears to work — insofar as it does — by knocking things out, not building them up.
Johnson has now come in for criticism from mathematician Jeffrey Shallit and biochemist Larry Moran.
Fox acknowledges what philosopher Thomas Nagel calls the “fiendishly difficult problem” of the origin of life, but he seems to think that, given time, we’ll sort it all out.
Johnson’s work showed that there are credible criticisms of Darwinian evolution that come from a strictly scientific standpoint rather than a religious one.
Phil Johnson ascended majestically above the usual point of skepticism. It was the great case of Darwin et al v. the Western Religious Tradition that occupied his attention.