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The Scopes Monkey Trial, nearly a hundred years later

It was almost a century ago that we had the infamous Monkey trial. A teacher named Scopes was accused and found guilty of violating a Tennessee law prohibiting the teaching of human evolution in any state-funded school.
One would think that after a century of science and engineering triumphs that propelled America to greatness, that placed unimaginable marvels within reach of even the least sophisticated among us that science would have triumphed over superstition.
Nope.

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  1. Philip O. Sheridan
    August 19, 2017 at 9:41 am

    As a retired biology teacher — who taught after school in a Hasidic Jewish Community in
    Spring Valley=, NY — one of my most difficult times was trying to teach and explain the Geologic Time Chart — involving the Ages, Eras, and Periods of our planetary development to young minds who are biblically taught that human civilization was 6000 years old. I had great difficulty from my perspective – so much so that I had to confer with the Rabbi who hired me for Math, History, English, and Science; his rationale was — so what’s an hour, a day, a month, a year — who is to say? That was the last intellectual hurdle — I resigned within a couple of weeks — retreating to the comfort of Geologic Time and the Evolutionary and Scientific Evidence with which I have been brainwashed by years of college, graduate work, and field collection and study. Scopes was memorable as
    the basis of Inherit the Wind so well portrait on stage and screen. Be Well — Deanna and I
    lead a group through England, Wales, Scotland with Grand Circle in May / June. Phil

  2. August 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Well, now I see it. Finally. I never saw it from the Jewish perspective. It took someone like Einstein to reconcile both perspectives by making time relative.

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