Reason on Trial

A drive through the South included an afternoon in Dayton, Tennessee where the famous Scopes “monkey trial” was held in 1925.

We walked into the courtroom where Darrow and Bryan faced each other over the “crime” of teaching evolution.  Outside the courthouse, a new statue of Darrow stands not far from his nemesis.

An excellent display in the basement of the courthouse tells the story including the conviction of Scopes.

It feels right to visit history, learn more and wonder if we’ve really evolved very far.


3 thoughts on “Reason on Trial

  1. In regards to your final point, I like to think that showing such historical locations helps that evolution move along. The two dramatics statues, combined with the perspective of nearly a century, might help us be more objective about the issue.
    Brock Haussamen

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