- Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, Inc.; First Edition edition (June 1967)
- ISBN-10: 0030603404
- ISBN-13: 978-0030603402
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,076,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Center of the Storm: Memoirs of John T. Scopes Hardcover – June, 1967
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He wrote in the Preface to this 1967 book, "This is ... a collection of memories taken from my own life, about me and about some people and some things I have known... The basic freedoms defended at Dayton are not so distantly removed; each generation, each person must defend these freedoms or risk losing them forever. If this book occasionally entertains and informs while reminding you of the significance of these liberties, then it has been well worth my writing it."
He states early on, "Although I was not a member, I attended Sunday school and church services regularly until my senior year in high school." (Pg. 23-24) He suggests, "Here was the crux of the controversy... The Fundamentalists had an inalienable right to believe what they did, but when they insisted that others hold those beliefs too, they were violating other people's rights." (Pg. 46) Later, when a reporter asked him if he was a Christian, he replied, "I don't know... who does?" (Pg. 83)
He recounts that he showed several men gathered in a local drugstore the textbook used to teach high school biology: "I explained that I ... used it for review purposes while filling in for the principal during his illness. He was the regular biology teacher... you can't teach biology without teaching evolution." He was asked, "'John, would you be willing to stand for a test case?'... [Scopes thought] To tell the truth, I wasn't sure I had taught evolution.Read more ›