Cracks in the Wall, a Bulge under the Carpet: The Singular Story of Religion, Evolution, and the U.S. Constitution
32 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2013
Date Written: 2011
This paper presents three intertwining historical narratives: (i) of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution; (ii) of the development and reception of the theory of evolution; and (iii) of the U.S. system of public education. In the process, it traces important cases involving the teaching of evolution in public high schools, from the Scopes trial (1925) to Kitzmiller and Selman (2005); and explores whether the theory of evolution is or isn't compatible with religious beliefs, what is involved in proposed criteria for demarcating genuine science from pseudo-scientific pretenders, and what is at stake when it is claimed that evolution is "only a theory, not a fact."
Keywords: Establishment Clause, religion, public education, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, creation science, Intelligent Design Theory, Scopes trial, Kitzmiller, Selman
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation