The Scopes Trial

The Scopes Trial

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  • Why do their beaks vary?!
  • ohh EVOLUTION that's it!
  • Only God is our creator
  • Can you believe what Darwin is implying?!He's threatening the Church
  • Humans share a common ancestor with apes and chimps
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  • The Butler Act prohibits teaching this
  • but the Bible says God created us
  • Naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin traveled to the Galapagos island. There he studied species of finches that helped develop his theory of evolution. He came to the conclusion that species evolved to fit there needs and environment.  
  • That's it. We are taking him to court!
  • The theory of evolution was very controversial, especially amongst religions. In particular, Darwin's evidence contradicted Christian beliefs. I don't believe it was ever Darwin's intention to criticize the Bible. He just wanted an explanation as to why species vary.
  • He's violating the law 
  • According to the jury you are found guilty with a $100 fine
  • This is injustice 
  • Darwin's theory became so vile for many anti-evolutionist, that the "Tennesse House of Representatives.. offered a bill [called the Butler Act].. making teaching evolution a misdemeanor" (History,2017). Despite the offense, that did not stop the work of Darwin being taught in schools. A professor by the name of John T. Scopes decided to challenge the Butler Act in his classroom.
  • Anti-evolution laws violate my first amendment 
  • Many Christians believed that evolution was created to dispute the Bible using reason. They just could not accept the explanation that we derived from apes and chimps. I believe Christians reacted as they should have, their belief system for hundreds of years was being questioned and attacked. As HistoryNet signifies "critics deemed evolutionist theories a threat not only to belief in God but to the very structure of Christian society" (Pierce, Para 9).
  • Mr. Scopes said we come from monkeys not God
  • In 1925 Mr. Scopes went against the State of Tennessee for teaching evolution. Mr. Scopes was convicted guilty of violating the law. I disagree with the verdict. I believe Darwin's theory should be taught in school as it is vital to understanding the production and transformation of a species.
  • A few years after the Scopes Trial the court ruling was thrown out after the trial Epperson v. the State of Arkansas. "The case argued.. that the [Butler] law was unconstitutional because the government must be neutral in matters of religious theory, doctrine and practice" (Robinson, Para 4).
  • The government must not favor a religion
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