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Science vs. Religion


Last updated 7/12/2017 at 8pm

In 1925, John Scopes, a substitute teacher in Dayton, Tenn., was charged with teaching evolution in violation of Tennessee’s Butler Act. William Jennings Bryan, a religious fundamentalist, prosecuted Scopes. Clarence Darrow, the leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, defended him.

The trial was staged to produce an effect. It provided an opportunity to focus Americans on fundamentalism in America. “Fanaticism,” as Darrow called it, threatened public education and the spirit of inquiry and skepticism that sustained civilization. Darrow described the trial apocalypticall...

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