Ben Carson, an American Politician, once said, “Evolution and Creationism both require faith. It’s just a matter of where you choose to place that faith.” The Scopes Trial was the trial of the year in 1925. The Scopes Trial was a case of Evolutionism versus Creationism, and both sides had a number of supporters. The book Jesus and Gin by Barry Hankins describes the fight as, “It was truly a clash of cultures symbolising the old versus the scientific.” Each side had skin on the line and they fought for what they believed in, and they had different outcomes in mind.
“Fundamentalists believed that Adam and Eve were created literally in the Garden of Eden, while scientists believed that human beings evolved naturally over a long period of time from lower forms of animals.”…show more content… With this new mentality, Darrow “wanted to show that evolution was an undeniable scientific fact and….that there was no contradiction between evolution and modern Christianity.” The Evolutionists also had the use of evolution in the classroom on the line. The man that they choose to represent for this case was John Thomas Scopes. Scopes was a 24 year old teacher in Tennessee who taught evolution in his classroom, and choose to go against the Butler Act as he did so.
There was one thing that both sides agreed on generally. They both acknowledged that Scopes had broken the law. What both sides disagreed on was what part of the act of breaking the law Scopes had done. Evolutionists focused mainly on if the law was sound or not. The Fundamentalists focused on how the law was exactly what the people of Tennessee wanted. Byan, in court, stated that “Our position is that the statute is sufficient. The statute defines exactly what the people of Tennessee desired and intended and did declare unlawful and it needs no