The “Trial of the Century” gasolined a Creation-Evolution conflagration still raging today. Scopes was a financially-motivated hoax based on lies and perjury. It was a battle over key ideas: free speech, Bible vs. Evolution, taxpayer control of curricula. The nation’s most renowned lawyers argued the issues. Legal implications were negligible, but it had enormous symbolic significance. In the popular view, Biblical credibility was damaged and Christianity was impugned when evolutionist Darrow confounded Bible-champion Bryan. Scopes has been a rallying cry for nearly a century whenever Evolution is challenged. Ironically, it is now evolutionists who use courts to enforce their dogma.
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The fictionalized drama Inherit the Wind glamorized the 1925 Scopes Trial as a triumph of Evolution over the Bible. Uncover the truth about one of history’s most famous trials with this True-False quiz.
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Tags: Evolution, Bible, Tennessee, trial, worldview, ACLU, Scopes, Dayton, William Jennings Bryan, Bryan College, Inherit the Wind, Clarence Darrow, Butler Act, Boy Named Sue, Judge Raulston
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