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Was the TV movie Inherit the Wind an accurate portrayal of
the Scopes Trial?
would dearly like to know how modern apes, modern humans
and the various ancestral hominids have evolved from a common
ancestor. Unfortunately, the fossil record is somewhat incomplete
as far as the hominids are concerned, and it is all but
blank for the apes. The best we can hope for is that more
fossils will be found over the next few years which will
fill the present gaps in the evidence.' The author goes
on to say: 'David Pilbeam [a well-known expert in human
evolution] comments wryly,
“If you brought in a smart scientist from another
discipline and showed him the meagre evidence we've got
he'd surely say, 'forget it: there isn't enough to go on.‘”‘
E. Leakey, The Making of Mankind, Michael Joseph
Limited, London, p. 43, 1981.
the Wind—which starred Oscar winners Jack Lemmon and the
late George C. Scott—is the fictionalized account of the famous
Scopes ‘monkey trial’ of Dayton, Tennessee. But as we
revealed in our Creation magazine,
almost all of the scientific evidence brought forward during the
time of the trial has been discarded.
There was another very disturbing thing about Inherit the Wind.
It caricatured Christians as self-righteous, intolerant and mean-spirited.
The two leading Christian characters in the film rant like lunatics
much of the time.
The film did get one thing right. It is indeed a ‘crime’
(to use their word) to censor an opposing view in the classroom.
This lesson has been lost on secular humanists today who attempt
to censor any evidence contrary to their dogmatic belief in evolution.
For Christians, the lesson to be learned is that we must be able
to give answers for our faith. After all, Christianity is a logical,
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