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After the Monkey Trial


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Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Ebb and Flow: Evangelicals and Evolution, 1860s to 1940s 2. A Society for the Correlation of Science and the Bible: The American Scientific Affiliation, 1940s to 1965 3. Unexpected Resistance: The Research Scientists' Christian Fellowship, 1940s to 1965 4. An Increasingly Powerful Movement: Modern Creationism to the 1980s 5. Against the Tide: The American Scientific Affiliation, 1965 to 1985 6. A New Apologetic: The Research Scientists Christian Fellowship, 1965 to 1985 Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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A groundbreaking, carefully researched history of evangelical engagement with science on both sides of the Atlantic during the middle decades of the twentieth century.

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Christopher M. Rios is Assistant Dean in the Baylor University Graduate School and a parttime lecturer in Baylor's Department of Religion.


"Christopher Rios' After the Monkey Trial prompts us to revise our understanding of evangelicals and evolution since the Scopes trial of 1925, when evangelicals earned a reputation as combative and anti-intellectual. His careful study adds a wonderful cast of characters to the history of religion and science that recovers the rich, if complicated history of evangelical scientists' participation in and negotiation with scholarship on evolution. This book offers not only a fresh perspective on the history of religion and science, but also a valuable historical case study for thinking about ongoing debates about evolution and the culture wars -- one that will force us to ask why we all too often, and all too easily, pit science and religion against one another."-Anthony Petro, Boston University "Rios's work fills an important niche in the literature on religion and science. Concentrating on the understudied period running from the Scopes trial into the 1980s, Rios highlights the transatlantic aspects of the controversy over evolution among evangelical scientists. This book bolsters our understanding of the puzzling phenomenon whereby popular evangelicalism presents a united front against evolution, while a large majority of evangelical scientists accept evolution and harmonize their professional work with their commitment to orthodox Christianity. The book is another nail in the coffin of the warfare model for understanding the relationship between religion and science."-Barry G. Hankins, Baylor University "By telling the story of how evangelicals in England and America came to terms with science in the post-war period, Rios' book fills an important gap in the history of science and religion. It is well conceived, well written, wide-ranging, and carefully researched from primary sources--including unpublished correspondence and interviews. Anyone interested in this topic should read this book."-Edward B. Davis, Messiah College

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