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40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, Oxycontin®, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania Paperback – March 25, 2008
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In this compelling report of a forty-day trial, arguments are heard for and against the inclusion of a textbook describing Intelligent Design as an alternative to evolutionary theory in a ninth grade science class at Dover High School in Pennsylvania. The board of education voted the text into the curriculum and several parents who objected, claimed that the content was religiously driven, scientifically invalid, and legally unconstitutional.Read more ›
In particular, Chapman does a fine job of illustrating the contrasting personalities that made up the school board which introduced ID to Dover-area public schools. Without editorializing too much, Chapman shows how the board did the public a disservice by letting their religious views blind their commitment to the education of an increasingly lethargic student body. It's sad to hear how Dover-area kids were let down by a cohort of fundamentalists who, as the trial proceedings demonstrate, actually had very little to no knowledge of what constitutes evolution and what constitutes ID (much less what the scientific method is all about). So as the board was busy legislating religion in Dover, students were tuning out amidst a crumbling school infrastructure and an uninspiring curriculum. That's the most unfortunate aspect of this tale.
For me, the problem with this book is simple: there's so much great material to work with here, but Chapman is a mediocre storyteller at best. There are long sections of the book where he quotes from transcripts or interviews without any narrative insight. He describes at least six or seven of the trial participants as "good-looking." His tone alternates between flippant and cavalier -- rarely sensitive to detail and nuance. His account of the trial's finale is reduced to saying, "You've heard this before, so I'll only quote this part of X's closing statement...Read more ›
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A re-telling of the court case in a Pennsylvania small town where the school-board was taken over by ultra-Christians with the intention of including Creationism disguised as... Read morePublished 9 months ago by A. dolin
Wow! Not only was this informative, it was a fascinating read as it tied backgrounds to the testimonies, back stories to histories, and included parallels to the Scopes Monkey... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kiteking
First, let me echo previous reviewers in recommending Edward Hume's "Monkey Girl" as the indispensable book on the Dover school board court case & the effort to introduce... Read morePublished 16 months ago by William Timothy Lukeman
The book was not a pleasure to read. It lacked the smooth telling of a story which would result in pleasurable reading....or even an educational experience. Read morePublished on July 4, 2014 by H. HAWKINS
What is really sad is that ID gets a bum rap in all of this because no one who actually understood ID against evolution was able to testify.Published on November 4, 2013 by michael Leinbach
This is an awesome book about how silly the religious community can be in trying to force their superstitions on others. Highly recommended. By the way...... Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by RiverWisdom
I bought this book when it was first published (hardcover) and then it was buried in my pile of "to read" books. I was grazing through the pile and found this gem. Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by Eulogia
I came across the Kitzmiller/Dover case more or less by accident a couple of months ago but once I discovered the transcripts of the case were available I just couldn't 'put it... Read morePublished on May 8, 2010 by Michael Howe
Matthew Chapman, author of Trials of the Monkey An Accidental Memoir, and great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, had moved to the United States, tired of the English predilection... Read morePublished on March 4, 2010 by Eric C. Welch