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‘Godfather’ of intelligent design dies

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/04/19, 10:47 am

Phillip E. Johnson, a lawyer and early supporter of intelligent design theory, died at his home in Berkeley, Calif., over the weekend, Evolution News & Science Today announced. He was 79.

Who was Johnson? He taught law at the University of California, Berkeley, for more than three decades and helped to kick-start the modern intelligent design movement with his book Darwin on Trial (Regnery Publishing, 1991). Other intelligent design theorists have dubbed him the “godfather” of the movement. He wrote several books on Darwinism and intelligent design and most recently served as a program adviser for the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.

Dig deeper: Read why WORLD named Johnson its Daniel of the Year in 2003.


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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Tue, 11/05/2019 01:27 am

    I'm so sorry. My sympathies to his family and to those who knew him well. The world has lost a great man.

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