Scopes Trial
Photo taken of Clarence Darrow (left) and William Jennings Bryan (right) during the Scopes Trial in 1925.

Scopes Trial


Why Is the Scopes Trial Still Significant?

In recent years, removing the Ten Commandments from public spaces has been big news. In fact, Christian morality on the whole seems to be rapidly declining in America and the western hemisphere: abortion is on the rise, divorce rates are climbing, gay marriage issues are increasing. But did you know there is a connection between these events and the 1925 Scopes trial?

Creation vs. Evolution in the Scopes Trial

The Scopes trial's significance is that it fueled the public debate over creation and evolution that has continued into the 21st century. The debate has far-reaching implications in our increasingly secular society.

Inherit the Wind

Although the play Inherit the Wind was widely believed to be an accurate synopsis of the historical trial it grossly distorted the actual events of history. The play openly mocks theism, religion, the South, William Jennings Bryan, and even religious pluralism.

Inherit the Wind Fuels Prejudice Against Christianity

Inherit the Wind is still being used in history, science and English classrooms all across America (and probably in some other Western nations as well). Many young people's prejudice against Christianity is being fueled and justified by this work of fiction.

Articles About Scopes Trial

  • Re-Writing History
    June 9, 2012 from News to Know

    Evolutionist defends William Jennings Bryan against those who re-write history.

  • John Scopes, Creationist?
    March 5, 2011 from News to Know

    The Scopes “monkey trial” of Dayton, Tennessee, over eighty years ago, plays a unique role in the modern creation–evolution controversy. From the original media circus to the trial’s misrepresentation in the film Inherit the Wind, evolutionists have pointed to the trial as an example of creationist inanity. So should creationists be blamed for trying to advance our interpretation of the trial?

  • Religion and Politics—They Do Mix (And Often Rather Well)
    Oct. 12, 2010

    Mark Looy, AiG–U.S., summarizes the new TV documentary, God in America by PBS.

  • Book Chapter
    Why Is the Scopes Trial Significant?
    Aug. 5, 2010 from The New Answers Book 2

    Christian morality seems to be rapidly declining in America and the western hemisphere but did you know there is a connection between this and the Scopes trial?

  • July 1, 2010 from Answers Magazine

    A new movie on the 1925 Scopes trial, reveals how the major media delivered a distorted view of the trial in an attempt to attack biblical Christianity.

  • Research Paper
    Inherit the Wind
    March 31, 2010 from Answers Research Journal

    Although the play was widely believed to be an accurate synopsis of the historical trial, often called the Trial of the Century, it grossly distorted the actual events of history.

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  • Magazine Article
    Monkeying with the Media
    July 12, 2009 from Answers Magazine

    Even though that now-infamous event occurred over 80 years ago, distorted details continue to warp society’s thinking concerning creation and evolution.

  • Magazine Department Article
    A Trial to Watch
    April 1, 2007 from Answers Magazine

    A revival of the anti-Christian play Inherit the Wind is newsworthy enough. But there is something bigger to consider ...

  • Inherit the Prejudice
    Aug. 14, 2006

    To me, Inherit the Wind had represented a documentation of the triumph of “science” over religion. You see, because of my upbringing, I inherited a prejudice towards Bible-believing Christians.

  • A Shocking Movie List?
    June 16, 2006

    Inherit the Wind has probably done more to undermine biblical authority and accuracy than any other film in history.

  • An “Expected” Slant?
    April 11, 2006

    Wednesday evening (April 12) the History Channel will present “Scopes: The battle over America’s soul.” AiG is somewhat concerned about how the trial and Christians of that day will be presented

  • The Scopes Trial Quiz
    July 11, 2005

    Deciphering Fact from Fiction

  • The Scopes “Monkey Trial”—80 Years Later
    July 11, 2005

    The newscasters and editorialists will be all abuzz about the Scopes trial this week on the 80th anniversary of America's most famous court trial.

  • Scopes Trial: The Trial of the Century and Why It Still Matters Today
    July 1, 2005

    The Scopes trial-some say a major turning point in US history-occurred 80 years ago this month.

  • Scopes & the Ten Commandments
    Nov. 1, 2003 from Answers Update

    Removing the Ten Commandments from schools (and from a judicial building in Alabama) was headline news across America in 2003. But did you know the connection between these events & the Scopes Trial?

  • Magazine Article
    The Big Picture
    March 1, 2001, pp. 16–18

    Being wrong about the six days of creation does not automatically mean someone is not a Christian. But if you think that makes it unimportant, stand back and look at the big picture....

  • Feedback Article
    The Truth About the Scopes Trial!
    Feb. 19, 2001 from Feedback

    This week's positive feedback is from J.Z. of Iowa, USA.

  • The Scopes Trial … What’s the Big Deal?
    July 24, 2000

    For many people, the Rhea County Courthouse is just another interesting stop on their way through Tennessee.

  • The Full “Scope” of the Trial of the Century
    July 20, 2000

    July 25, 2000, marks the 75th anniversary of the infamous Scopes “monkey trial” verdict in Dayton, Tennessee.

  • Network Blasts Christianity
    May 30, 2000

    The American TV network NBC recently featured the defamatory anti-Christian movie Inherit the Wind.

  • Magazine Article
    Inherit the Wind: An Historical Analysis
    Dec. 1, 1996, pp. 35–38

    Inherit the Wind is not a documentary, but it is perceived by many viewers to be a documentary–drama of the famous 1925 Scopes ‘monkey’ trial.


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