iOS app Android app

Scopes Trial

Tennessee Attempts to Inherit the Wind Again

Alex Simon | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Alex Simon

The Tennessee state House voted Wednesday to adopt the Holy Bible as the official state book. The chamber approved the measure 55-38. It is sponsored by Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton, a former pastor, who argued that his proposal reflects the Bible's impact in Tennessee.

Debt Collectors, Social Darwinism and William Jennings Bryan

Don McNay | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Don McNay

In the over 90 years since William Jennings Bryan's death, we have seen scores of major atrocities played out with the theory of "survival of the fittest" as a motivating factor. We are also seeing it at every level of business and society.

The Casualties of Bryan College's Anti-Evolution Revolution

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

In this post-Nye-Ham debate world, the highest academic credential at Evangelical institutions is the ability to sign faith statements. And if history is an indicator, this will result in casualties.

Bill Nye, My Dad's Tie, and the Creation-Evolution Debate

Jack Levison | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

No matter what side of the creation-evolution debate you are on, your partisanship costs you dearly. Why? Because it costs you the ability to read the Bible on its own terms. What do we lose by straightjacketing the Bible with the creation-evolution debate?

Gag Me: A Brief History of Trying to Get Us to Stop Talking

Steven Conn | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

The first gag rule didn't make the outrage over slavery go away, nor did the global gag rule prevent women from going through dangerous pregnancies, nor will the North Carolina legislature's scientific wisdom keep the water from rising.

Yet Another Call to Ban the Teaching of Evolution: Bad for Science, Worse for Religion and Legally Embarrassing

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Not only is there nothing controversial about evolutionary processes, they are regularly observed and measured in the laboratory and the field. No scientific manuscript discussing evolution, no biology textbook explaining evolution, argues that evolutionary theory makes any claims about the existence of any deity.

Mythologizing Evolution

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 07.31.2012 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Most people today see the Scopes Trial as a simple confrontation between superstitious hillbillies who rallied around a great buffoon, William Jennings Bryan, and a great and open-minded science teacher. Bryan was certainly wrong about evolution. But he was not a buffoon.

Tennessee Joins The Anti-Evolution Parade And Ignores The Experts

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

These anti-evolution bills undercut any hope that we might produce a scientifically literate citizenry.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Tennessee Passes Anti-Evolution Law | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.20.2012 | Science

2012-03-21-Screenshot20120321at2.33.10PM.jpgMonday evening, a new bill was approved by the Tennessee Senate that will protect teachers who wish to promote "alternate" scientific theories. What does this mean for the students?

U.S. Chamber Walks it Back: 'Scopes Monkey Analogy Was Inappropriate'

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

Even some of the Chamber of Commerce's own corporate members are fed up with their attempts to derail climate legislation.