Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion - Part 2, Chapter 7 The Trial of the Century Summary & Analysis

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Part 2, Chapter 7 The Trial of the Century Summary

On Wednesday, the judge recalled the jurors and instructed each side to give their opening statements. The prosecution opened by briefly arguing that Scopes had violated the anti-evolution law by teaching that humans evolved from other life forms and that this denied the biblical account of creation. The defense countered by arguing in their opening statement that this was all a matter of interpretation and that there were many people who believed both in the Bible and evolution.

The prosecution called four witnesses. Superintendent White testified that Scopes had admitted that he taught the theory of evolution from the text. In the cross examination, White admitted to Darrow that the text had been officially adopted by the state textbook commission. Two high school students testified that Scopes had once discussed human...

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