Whatever Happened to John T. Scopes (of Monkey Trial Fame)?

Glenn Branch of the National Center for Science Education sheds light on what became of teacher John T. Scopes after his infamous trial came to an end:

As for John T. Scopes, he wasn’t fired. Far from it. In fact, the president of the Dayton school board offered to renew his employment after the trial. But Scopes never planned to continue teaching in Dayton indefinitely. His original plan was to teach in Dayton until he had enough money to enable him to study law. In the wake of the trial, he was inundated with offers to capitalize on his fame…

The most eye-opening part for me was this:

Short on funds, Scopes indeed looked elsewhere. Leaving graduate school, he worked for Gulf Oil of South America for three years, mainly in Venezuela, where he married Mildred Walker in 1930. To please his bride, he was received into the Roman Catholic Church, but he remained agnostic.

It’s a fascinating read. Check it out!

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  • Rain

    That it shall be unlawful for any teacher in any of the Universities, Normals and all other public schools of the State which are supported in whole or in part by the public school funds of the State, to teach any theory that denies the Story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals

    Wow, what idiot wrote that law? No wonder the ACLU thought it was stupid. Duh.

    • Itarion

      That’s also a very poorly worded law. The loophole I see: The use of the word “and” combined with “descended”. I can totally not teach Divine Creation, OR I can teach that man descended from a lower order. What about man has Ascended from a lower order? I just have to studiously avoid the use of the word “descend” when referencing a change in species. Observe: earlier in time is further down on the evolutionary chart, so we are ascended from our dencestors. Word games are fun.


      • ShoeUnited

        I wonder how many Christers would suddenly be ok with evolution if we did such a simple and genius words swap as that. It would serve their sense of superiority while simultaneously saying the same damn thing in reverse order.

        • Greg G.

          No, remember that for them, if there was no Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, then there was no Original Sin. If there was no Original Sin, then the Crucifixion and Resurrection lose their meaning. Jesus can’t have died for a metaphor. It doesn’t matter what you say or how you say it, they will deny science as long as it doesn’t support what they want to be true.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

            Actually, it amazes me how many Christians do NOT believe in a literal Adam and Eve (e.g. many Catholics do not) and yet they fail to see that without Adam/Eve there is NO “original sin” and thus there was NO reason for Jesus to have died for us.

          • ShoeUnited

            I think you may be underestimating the larger majority in the US or missing that they need to feel special.

            Then again, I could be wrong. It would be interesting to see a poll where “ascended from” was used instead of “descended”. I still think the “God loves me because I’m special.” crowd makes up a good percentage of those who huff about it.

          • UWIR

            One can believe that Adam and Eve are a metaphor for original sin, and believe that original sin is real. There’s absolutely nothing about the concept of a metaphor that says that if the source is fictional, the target is as well. The metaphor explains what Jesus died for, but it isn’t what Jesus died for.

  • LesterBallard

    He died and he is in Hell, of course.

    Catholic, eh? I bet the good Christians of Dayton would have been just as pissed about that as they were over evolution. If not more so.

    • ShoeUnited

      Don’t let Dayton fool you. It was more of a circus coming to town/money siphon as it ever was about the principle of the matter.

  • Rain

    Great tie by the way.

  • Neal Stanifer

    Those interested in the Scopes trial itself might want to look into Edward Larson’s excellent Summer for the Gods.