Johnson meant that real Darwinists say what Darwinism entails (materialist atheism) and then Christian Darwinists rush in to announce that we can somehow harmonize it with Christianity by not taking seriously what Darwinists actually say. Explained in detail here. The analogy is to American football.
In The Moral Landscape, for example, new atheist and PhD neuroscientist Sam Harris tackles free will: In The Moral Landscape, for example, new atheist Sam Harris tackles free will:
Many scientists and philosophers realized log ago that free will could not be squared with our growing understanding of the physical world. Nevertheless, mny still deny this fact. … The problem is tat no account of causality leaves room for free will … Our belief in free will arises from our moment-to-mement ignorance of specific prior causes. (Pp. 103-5)
Are we clear about this yet? If not, dozens of examples from other Darwinists are available. And then
Meanwhile, Michael “Thank God for Evolution” Dowd offers,
As Paul R. Lawrence, emeritus chair of Harvard Business School, hypothesizes in his soon-to-be published book being Human the imperative of having to choose between multiple, independent drives is what gives birth to free will. An understanding of evolutionary brain science thus demonstrates, far more comepllingly than can any philosophical treatise of the past, that free wil is real – very real (p. 156).
Notice that Lawrence is a business expert, emeritus. Gullible people, whether Christians or vaguely “spiritual” may not stop to notice what this means: It means he has no credibility in the critical field of neuroscience, dominated by thinkers like Harris.
Interestingly, non-materialist neuroscientists do accept free will, but they tend to be sympathetic to or comfortable with design. One thinks of Mario Beauregard and Jeffrey Schwartz. So they’re with neither platoon; they’re with the banned.
Note: Dowd seems to consider himself a Christian. Not many creedal Christians would agree, but many these days are not creedal, so … .