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Scopes: Creation on Trial [Paperback]

By Richard M. Cornelius (Author) & John Morris (Author)
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Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.24" Height: 0.12"
Weight:   0.14 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1999
Publisher   Master Books
ISBN  0890512574  
EAN  9780890512579  

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Although much has been written about the famous 1925 "Monkey Trial" in Dayton, Tennessee, most accounts are skewed in order to shed the best possible light on evolution. Outlines the real facts surrounding the case. Meticulously researched and illustrated, this book sets the record straight.

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Although much has been written about the famous 1925 "Monkey Trial" in Dayton, Tennessee, most accounts are skewed in order to shed the best possible light on evolution. This handy, 48-page booklet, however, outlines the real facts surrounding the case. For example, far from being a dedicated teacher hounded by fundamentalists, high school teacher John Scopes never taught evolution at Dayton, but rather allowed himself to be a "test case" for those who wanted to see evolution taught in public schools. Meticulously researched and illustrated, this book sets the record straight.

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Dont agree not relevant  Jul 17, 2005
Dont agree that the findings based on the scopes trial as mentioned below are not relevant. Peter Jennings in Century writes how the scopes trial brought the "truth" and yet we learn every bit of evidence made to present this "truth" was indeed not true... how more relevant this that. It was a very cool thing to discover the things I was taught like the Pilt down man or other findings now known to be frauds that evolution is based on was indeed relevant esp. after reading Darwin and Darwin himself saying if no interim fossils are ever found then his whole theory is bust... yet how irrelevant evolutionists feel that is... talk about blind faith. If you are a factual person who wants to see what the whole trial is about get this book its good for your kids and anyone watching current Peter Jennings type "truth" its good to find out what the truth really was..beware it might shake your precious evolutionary foundations! Best thing that ever happened to me Id say!
A look at the Scopes Trial from the creationist perspective  May 7, 2005
The position of the small volume "Scopes: Creation on Trial" is that the "fact" surrounding the trial of John T. Scopes in Dayton, Tennessee in the summer of 1925 in the celebrated "Monkey" Trial has been skewed into evolutionary propaganda. The trial is largely considered to connote a moment in history when "science triumphed over religion." The main contention here is that those who know what really happened in the Tennessee case tried by Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan "know that the real issues have been altered by the media." Therefore, the book purports to present "the true, largely-untold story of an historically memorable battle between creation and evolution," with Darwin's theory coming out on the short end of the argumentative stick.

Certainly the "duel in the shade" when Darrow cross-examined Bryan on the front lawn of the Rhea County Courthouse has become what everybody knows about the Scopes Trial. The legal outcome of the case, in which Scopes was convicted of violating the Butler Act but the verdict was overturned on a technicality by the Tennessee State Supreme Court, has been largely forgotten. Almost from the start the widespread assumption has been that Darrow ridiculed Bryan, the Butler Act, and the fundamentalist attack on evolution. However, even with Bryan dying five days after the end of the trial, the anti-evolution movement succeeded in passing laws banning the teaching of evolution in the states of Mississippi and Arkansas.

Chapter 1, "Their Stage Drew All the World: A New Look at the Scopes Evolution Trial," by R.M. Cornelius, then a history professor at Bryan College in Dayton, is revised and reprinted from a 1981 "Tennessee Historical Quarterly" essay. Cornelius characterizes the trial as a drama, its plot conceived in the offices of the A.C.L.U. and its script written in a Dayton drug store, that turned into a "tour de farce." The emphasis is on the complex questions that the trial involved that were obscured by the ballyhoo. However, a major part of the essay looks at what happened to and in Dayton in the trial's aftermath. If there is a thesis to the political position under girding the history here it would be a quote from a Bryan letter where the Great Commoner wrote, "The collective right is bound to protect itself from misrepresentation and is just as sacred as the individual's right to think for himself as an individual."

Chapter 2, "Mr. Bryan on Evolution," is an article first published in August 25 written by Bryan shortly before his death. While containing many of the same ideas found in the speech Bryan was not able to deliver as a closing argument at the Scopes Trial, the article adopts a less oratorical tone. An Editor's Addendum updates some of the points and asserts that both the article and Bryan's undelivered speech, constitute a strong case against evolution even today.

Chapter 3, "The Dayton Deception" by John D. Morris, reconsiders the Scopes Trial within the larger framework of "the long war against God." Morris, president of the Institute for Creation Research, has a doctorate in geological engineering. Morris is well aware that although Scopes was convicted, the anti-creationists (an interesting rhetorical label to be sure) won a major victory. Christians were depicted during the trial as being "ignorant, foolish anti-intellectuals" and divine creation, along with Christianity to a large degree, were "ridiculed, ignored, or legislated out of the public arena." The primary focus here is not so much the scientific evidences for creation but an argument that the "biggest victory for evolution was built on false leads, and things have improved little since." Morris makes the case that for the five key points of evidence in support of evolution in 1925 "one was a hoax, one an ape, two (at least) perfectly human, and one a pig."

Chapter 4, "The Effect of the Evolution 'Victory,'" also by Morris, shifts from science to religion to talk about the creation/evolution controversy in scriptural terms (e.g., Morris quotes John 3:12 and denotes "heavenly things" as being about creation).

Consequently, we have a concise look at the Scope trial that makes a nice case for how Bryan was trying to present a reasonable position on the witness stand and actually avoided several of Darrow's traps, Bryan's essential position on evolution in 1925, a rebuttal to the scientific evidence for evolution in general but much more specifically to what was known in 1925, and a earnest plea for Christians to believe the divine message. The fact that Cornelius and Morris are providing a slightly different perspective than what has been found on writings about the Scopes trial from Ray Ginger and L. Sprague de Camp to Edward J. Larson is what makes it worth reading for those interesting in the Scopes "Monkey" Trial and its potent legacy. Scopes and Darrow have found many voices to continue their side of the debate. Cornelius and Morris represent a couple of voices on Bryan's side.
A Downhill Slide  Apr 21, 2002
In the beginning chapter, it does an fine job describing the Scopes Trial and provides good facts and accounts of what happened.

The second chapter also isn't bad, but pertains to post-trial occurrences (Brady, mainly).

After the second chapter, the book just slips into a void. It starts discussing 'evolutionary finds' that were present at the time of the Scopes trial. It discounts each of these finds, and although the information was interesting to read, it was off-subject and highly critical of evolutionists. The last chapter, very short, was just a few pages packed with biblical phrases which let the authors' disposition towards creationism shine through.

Overall, it is not horribly bad or horribly good. The portion of The Great Trials: The Watershed Decasde in America's Courtrooms and the book Summer For The Gods were both very good accounts of the trial (Summer... was more in-depth [expected since that was the book's only topic :P)

Very slanted  Jun 25, 2001
I would recommend the much more evenhanded account by John Larson in the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Summer for the Gods." Morris, as ever, twists the facts around to make his case, but it doesn't hold together.
Short and informative tract book on the Scopes' trial  Sep 26, 2000
This informative book is on the landmark court case in July 1925 that pitted the evolutionist/materialist worldview against Christianity/creationists worldview. This trial is often referenced and spoken of by evolutionists. This trial has been skewed into evolutionist propaganda and dogma... This book presents the untainted story of what really happened and the relevance of it all without the evolutionist distortions. The significance of this trial is obvious, as it so the tone for the future of American education, which has gradually been taken over by the secular faith, humanism. The Supreme Court has ruled humanism to be a religion, yet despite this fact humanism is the de facto worldview in public education. Is this what the founders meant by not establishing a state religion/denomination in the First Amendment? Hmmmm... Presently, the humanist perspective transcends ever discipline taught in the schools, and it maintains a strong grasp of nearly every subject, whether its history, science, sociology or yes even theology. Lets solve this so called church-and-state conflict with a separation of education-and-state. It is clear education amounts to instruction (or indoctrination in the case of humanism which tolerates no dissent) slanted towards one worldview.

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