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Many who favored the teaching of evolution in public schools did not support eugenics, but simply wanted students to be exposed to the most current scientific thinking. For others, like supporters of the newly formed American Civil Liberties Union, teaching evolution was an issue of freedom of speech as well as a matter of maintaining a separation of church and state. And still others, like famed lawyer Clarence Darrow, saw the battle over evolution as a proxy for a wider cultural conflict between what they saw as progress and modernity on the one side, and religious superstition and backwardness on the other.
Defending Scopes was Darrow, then the most famous lawyer in the country. And joining state prosecutors was Bryan. From the start, both sides seemed to agree that the case was being tried more in the court of public opinion than in a court of law. But then Darrow made the highly unorthodox request of calling Bryan to the witness stand. With Bryan on the stand, Darrow proceeded to ask a series of detailed questions about biblical events that could be seen as inconsistent, unreal or both.
For instance, Darrow asked, how could there be morning and evening during the first three days of biblical creation if the sun was not formed until the fourth? Bryan responded to this and similar questions in different ways. Often, he defended the biblical account in question as the literal truth. On other occasions, however, he admitted that parts of the Bible might need to be interpreted in order to be fully understood.
Scopes was convicted of violating the anti-evolution law and fined, although his conviction was later overturned by the Tennessee Supreme Court on a technicality.
But the verdict was largely irrelevant to the broader debate. At the same time, this post-Scopes momentum did not destroy the anti-evolution movement. Other states, particularly in the South and Midwest, passed resolutions condemning the inclusion of material on evolution in biology textbooks. These actions, along with a patchwork of restrictions from local school boards, prompted most publishers to remove references to Darwin from their science textbooks.
Efforts to make evolution the standard in all biology classes stalled, due largely to the fact that the government prohibition on religious establishment or favoritism, found in the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the U. Constitution, applied at the time only to federal and not state actions.
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State governments could set their own policies on church-state issues. Board of Education, did the constitutional prohibition on religious establishment begin to apply to state as well as federal actions. Evolution proponents also received a boost a decade after Everson, in , when the Soviet launch of the first satellite, Sputnik I, prompted the United States to make science education a national priority. Meanwhile, beginning in the late s, the U. Supreme Court issued a number of important decisions that imposed severe restrictions on state governments that opposed the teaching of evolution.
In , in Epperson v. Arkansas, the high court unanimously struck down as unconstitutional an Arkansas law banning the teaching of evolution in public schools. Proponents of creation science contend that the weight of scientific evidence supports the creation story as described in the biblical book of Genesis, with the formation of Earth and the development of life occurring in six hour days. The presence of fossils and evidence of significant geological change are attributed to the catastrophic flood described in the eighth chapter of Genesis.
In Edwards v. Partly due to these and other court decisions, opposition to teaching evolution itself evolved, with opponents changing their goals and tactics.
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But efforts to inject intelligent design into public school science curricula met the same fate as creation science had decades earlier. Other efforts to require schools to teach critiques of evolution or to mandate that students listen to or read evolution disclaimers also were struck down. In the years following these court decisions, there have been new efforts in Texas, Tennessee, Kansas and other states to challenge the presence of evolutionary theory in public school science curricula. For more information about how Pew Research Center asks the U.
About Pew Research Center Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research.
Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Concerns about how his ideas would be received by the public led British naturalist Charles Darwin, pictured here in , to wait 20 years before publishing his groundbreaking theory of evolution. It quickly became a national bestseller and the source of great controversy and debate.
In the first decades of the 20th century, Sunday and other American evangelists helped lead the charge against teaching evolution in public schools. The trial, which became a nationwide media sensation, involved the prosecution of public school teacher John Scopes for violating state law that prohibited the teaching of evolution. Ronald Fisher. Douglas Emlen.
Duchenne de Boulogne. Gerald Edelman. Terrence Deacon. Jared Diamond.
John Calvin. Jonathan Gottschall. Dov Cohen. Kathryn Coe. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Martin Daly. Charles Darwin. Dalai Lama. Donald Campbell. Dmitry K. David Berreby. Chinua Achebe.
Elaine Pagels. Richard Nisbett. Walter Ong. Margie Profet. For H. This is a book of tall claims about evolution: that it can become uncontroversial; that the basic principals are easy to learn; that everyone should want to learn them, once their implications are understood; that evolution and religion, those old enemies who currently occupy opposite corners of human thought, can be brought harmoniously together.
It is more like a sailboat or a kayak bobbing by the shore, inviting you to take your own voyage of discovery. Beth Raushbaum. Wilson, Edward O.taylor.evolt.org/sebar-para-conocer-gente.php
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