Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion

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Harvard University Press, 1998 - Law - 318 pages
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The 1925 Scopes Trial marked a watershed in our national relationship between science and religion and has had tremendous impact on our culture ever since, even inspiring the play and movie, both titled "Inherit the Wind." In addition to symbolizing the evolutionist versus creationist debate, the trial helped shape the development of both popular religion and religious freedom in America. Yet despite its influence on the 20th century, there are no modern histories of the trial and its aftermath. This book fills that void not only by skillfully narrating the trial's events, but also by framing it in a broader social context, showing how its influence has cut across religious, cultural, educational and political lines. With new material from both the prosecution and the defense, along with the author's astute historical and legal analysis, "Summer for the Gods" is destined to become a new classic about a pivotal milestone in American history.

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

Well written, extensively researched, and with a new Afterword that shows the continued relevance of the Scopes trial today. Read full review

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Extremely detailed, and kind of dry. More for people interested in the history of evangelism and evolution in the US, rather than someone interested in the excitement of the Scopes trial. Read full review


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Edward J. Larson is Hugh & Hazel Darling Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law.

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