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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?
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.
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 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.
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?
Mark Looy, AiG–U.S., summarizes the new TV documentary, God in America by PBS.
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.
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.
Inherit the Wind has probably done more to undermine biblical authority and accuracy than any other film in history.
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
Deciphering Fact from Fiction
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.
The Scopes trial-some say a major turning point in US history-occurred 80 years ago this month.
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....
For many people, the Rhea County Courthouse is just another interesting stop on their way through Tennessee.
July 25, 2000, marks the 75th anniversary of the infamous Scopes “monkey trial” verdict in Dayton, Tennessee.
The American TV network NBC recently featured the defamatory anti-Christian movie Inherit the Wind.
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.
Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus on providing answers to questions about the Bible—particularly the book of Genesis—regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.