• America's most famous courtroom scenarios transpired in 1925, in Dayton, Tennessee in connection with the Scopes trial.
• Defense attorney Clarence Darrow calls William Jennings Bryan, one of the prosecutors and a leader in the fundamentalist cause against evolution, to the stand.
• Darrow questions Bryan about several Old Testament miracles, eliciting in pieces the response he was hoping to get: that some scriptural passages need interpretation.
• Bryan was caught between arguing for a literal interpretation of the Bible and accommodating facts about the solar system and geology, and he concedes this critical point.
• The chief prosecutor then calls for the end of the questioning, but Bryan refuses to leave the witness chair, determined on defending revealed religion.
• Although Darrow never specifically asks about evolution, he does lead Bryan through a series of questions intended to show that the reliance on the Bible as a source for the educational teaching...
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