02-Creationism - Evolution, Scientific Creationism, and...

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Evolution, Scientific Creationism, and Intelligent Design
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Did You Know? According to a 2001 survey the National Science Foundation found that only 53% of Americans agreed with the statement “Human beings, as we know them, developed from earlier species of animals.” According to a New York Times article of Feb. 1, 2005 about one-third of American high school biology teachers support the teaching of creationism or “intelligent design.” That some IMAX theatres are refusing to show movies that mention evolution or the Big Bang because of protests by religious groups who say the ideas contradict the Bible. According to an article in The Daily Telegraph (UK) filed on Nov. 20, 2005 the American Museum of Natural History unlike - previous exhibitions at the museum - failed to find a single corporate sponsor for an exhibition celebrating the life of Charles Darwin because American companies did not want to take sides in the debate between scientists and fundamentalist Christians over the theory of evolution, and the entire $3 million cost of its exhibition “Darwin” is instead being borne by wealthy individuals and private charitable donations. While the Darwin exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History was unable to find a corporate sponsor - the Creationist Museum near Cincinnati, Ohio, which takes the biblical account of creation literally, has recently raised $7 million in donations.
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Religious Fundamentalism Literal Interpretation of Sacred Texts Such As the Bible
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The Scopes “Monkey” Trial Dayton, Tennessee (1925) In 1925 the Tennessee General Assembly passed The Butler Act: “...it shall be unlawful for any teacher in any of the Universities, Normals and all other public schools of the State which are supported in whole or in part by the public school funds of the State, to teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.”
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John T. Scopes The Scopes “Monkey” Trial Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan ----------- Scopes Trial Dayton, Tennessee July 10-21, 1925 Court House Dayton, Tennessee William Jennings Bryan Clarence Darrow
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Scopes Trial Museum Court House Dayton, Tennessee
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Statue of William Jennings Bryan **************** There Is No Statue of Clarence Darrow Photo by Hannah Tosi Biology 280 Student, Spring 2010
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Scope’s Trial Cartoon
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William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) The Great Commoner” Lawyer Gifted Orator Three-Time Democratic Nominee for President of the United States Congressman Secretary of State (Under Woodrow Wilson) Fervent Anti-Evolutionist
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(1857-1938) One of the Most Famous American Defense Lawyers and Civil Libertarians ************* Leopold and Loeb Trial (1924) John T. Scopes "Monkey" Trial Dayton, Tenn. (1925)
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