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In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution Movement

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The current controversy over teaching evolution in the public schools has grabbed front-page headlines and topped news broadcasts all across the United States. In the Beginning investigates the movement that has ignited debate in state legislatures and at school board meetings. Reaching back to the origins of antievolutionism in the 1920s, and continuing to the promotion of intelligent design today, Michael Lienesch skillfully analyzes one of the most formidable political movements of the twentieth century.

Applying extensive original sources and social movement theory, Lienesch begins with fundamentalism, describing how early twentieth-century fundamentalists worked to form a collective identity, to develop their own institutions, and to turn evolution from an idea into an issue. He traces the emerging antievolution movement through the 1920s, examining debates over Darwinism that took place on college campuses and in state legislatures throughout the country. With fresh insights and analysis, Lienesch retells the story of the 1925 Scopes "monkey" trial and reinterprets its meaning. In tracking the movement from that time to today, he explores the rise of creation science in the 1960s, the alliance with the New Christian Right in the 1980s, and the development of the theory of intelligent design in our own time. He concludes by speculating on its place in the politics of the twenty-first century. In the Beginning is essential for understanding the past, present, and future debates over the teaching of evolution.

Synopsis:

Examining the political origins of creationism, a study of the role of fundamentalism in the antievolution movement through the 1920s details early twentieth-century debates over Darwinism in educational institutions and government, analyzes the Scopes trial and its significance, and traces the rise of creation science and the theory of intelligent design.

Synopsis:

The current controversy over teaching evolution in the public schools has grabbed front-page headlines and topped news broadcasts all across the United States. In the Beginning investigates the movement that has ignited debate in state legislatures and at school board meetings. Reaching back to the origins of antievolutionism in the 1920s, and continuing to the promotion of intelligent design today, Michael Lienesch analyzes one of the most formidable political movements of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

Identity: fundamentalist foundations — Mobilization: activists and organizations — Framing: the campaign against the colleges — Alignment: debating Darwinism — Opportunities: storming the state legislatures — Staging: the drama at Dayton — Climax: completing the cycle of contention — Renewal: the continuing re-creation of creationism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807884003
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
History : United States - General
Author:
Lienesch, Michael
Author:
Michael Lienesch
Subject:
2006034396 [bt]
Subject:
Social Science : Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Religion : Fundamentalism
Subject:
History : United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Religion & Science
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
fundamentalism; John Scopes; Scopes trial; creationism; evolution; antievolution movement; William Jennings Bryan; social movements; religion; Christianity; intelligent design; Clarence Darrow; New Christian Right; Charles Darwin; antievolution activists;
Subject:
s Christian Fundamentals Association; Discovery Institute
Subject:
Creationism -- History.
Subject:
Evolution (Biology) -- Religious aspects.
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-Religion and Science
Subject:
Religion Western-Social and Political Issues
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Fundamentalism
Subject:
John Scopes
Subject:
Scopes trial
Subject:
Creationism
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
antievolution movement
Subject:
William Jennings Bryan
Subject:
Social movements
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Intelligent design
Subject:
Clarence Darrow
Subject:
New Christian Right
Subject:
Charles Darwin
Subject:
antievolution activists
Subject:
World"s Christian Fundamentals Association
Subject:
Discovery Institute
Subject:
fundamentalism; John Scopes; Scopes trial; creationism; evolution; antievolution movement; William Jennings Bryan; social movements; religion; Christianity; intelligent design; Clarence Darrow; New Christian Right; Charles Darwin; antievolution activists;
Subject:
fundamentalism; John Scopes; Scopes trial; creationism; evolution; antievolution movement; William Jennings Bryan; social movements; religion; Christianity; intelligent design; Clarence Darrow; New Christian Right; Charles Darwin; antievolution activists;
Subject:
fundamentalism; John Scopes; Scopes trial; creationism; evolution; antievolution movement; William Jennings Bryan; social movements; religion; Christianity; intelligent design; Clarence Darrow; New Christian Right; Charles Darwin; antievolution activists;
Subject:
fundamentalism; John Scopes; Scopes trial; creationism; evolution; antievolution movement; William Jennings Bryan; social movements; religion; Christianity; intelligent design; Clarence Darrow; New Christian Right; Charles Darwin; antievolution activists;
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Series Volume:
Fundamentalism, the
Publication Date:
20070423
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
338

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Religion » World Religions » Religion and Science
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution

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"Synopsis" by , Examining the political origins of creationism, a study of the role of fundamentalism in the antievolution movement through the 1920s details early twentieth-century debates over Darwinism in educational institutions and government, analyzes the Scopes trial and its significance, and traces the rise of creation science and the theory of intelligent design.
"Synopsis" by , The current controversy over teaching evolution in the public schools has grabbed front-page headlines and topped news broadcasts all across the United States. In the Beginning investigates the movement that has ignited debate in state legislatures and at school board meetings. Reaching back to the origins of antievolutionism in the 1920s, and continuing to the promotion of intelligent design today, Michael Lienesch analyzes one of the most formidable political movements of the twentieth century.
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