Guest Speaker

Phillip E. Johnson

Phillip Johnson was born in Aurora, Illinois in 1940. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, from Harvard University in 1961. He studied law at the University of Chicago. He served as a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Earl Warren. He is an emeritus professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, where he served on the active faculty from 1967–2000.

During a 1987 sabbatical in England he came across Richard Dawkins’ Blind Watchmaker in a bookstore, and followed this up with more reading on evolutionary theory. “I was struck by the breadth of Darwin’s claims as opposed to how scanty were the observable changes.” he said, and decided it was time the orthodoxy was challenged.

In 1991 he published Darwin on Trial, a book which served to catalyze the emerging intelligent design movement. He quickly found himself in the middle of a heated debate, and spent much of the next ten years writing, giving lectures, and debating intelligent design.