Monday, August 4, 2014

The Scopes Trial

Via Justin Taylor, several references on the 89th anniversary including: Joe Carter's "9 Things You Should Know About the Scopes Monkey Trial". Taylor outlines the nine:
  1. Inherit the Wind was an anti-anti-communist play.
  2. The trial was a publicity stunt.
  3. Scopes wasn’t a martyr—he was a co-conspirator.
  4. Darrow wasn’t the first choice.
  5. Bryan wasn’t the lead prosecutor—and he knew the defendant.
  6. The prosecution’s “Bible expert” believed in the day-age theory.
  7. Teaching evolution...and eugenics.
  8. The defense wanted to lose the case.
  9. The ruling was reversed, but no one wanted to retry the case.
Taylor recommends a book I own and have read and would also recommend: Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. And he also links to this YouTube of an American Experience documentary that he calls "helpful and fairly balanced":

If All You Know about the Scopes Trial Is from “Inherit the Wind,” You Don’t Know the True Story | TGC

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