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Inherit the Wind - Creationism vs. Evolution

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Introduction

Creationism vs. Evolution In the play, "Inherit the Wind" two opposing viewpoints are brought up; they are creationism, and evolution. Both sides are very recognized and are major issues in this story and even in our world today. The main ideas are: that God created man and everything else in seven days vs. the scientific principle that humans descended from monkeys. Creationism, which is followed in the Bible, by Christians, Catholics etc. is something that requires a lot of faith and that is very eminent. But in this story, the debate against creationism is extremely believable; thus decreasing the amount of people who believe in creationism to a very low point. "Inherit the Wind" leans so heavily in favor of evolution; that after reading it, people are left questioning the thought of creationism. That is because of how realistic and convincing the influence of evolution was exposed in this play. ...read more.

Middle

When Drummond called Brady to the stand as an expert on the Bible, and he asked him certain Biblical questions that led Brady to feel off balance. Like when he asked Brady about the story of Jonah, or even the story of Adam and Eve. It was at this moment that Drummond gained many supporters in the courtroom. Then Drummond asks Brady to explain how the first day was twenty four hours if neither the moon nor the sun where created yet, this proved a major point and left Brady feeling uncertain about himself and his beliefs. Drummond had a slick yet professional style about the way he worked in the courtroom and yet even when he was denied of doing certain things, he still found a way to come out on top. In addition to Drummond's clever techniques, he knew exactly what to make known, for example when he spoke about Brown's mishaps. ...read more.

Conclusion

And if it's a lie, show it up for what it really is!" While reading "Inherit the Wind" many of my beliefs, as a Christian, were questioned at one point. For example when the first day incident was brought up, and the story of Jonah, my initial feelings were of course there acting as a conscience to what I was interpreting. But at the same time, I didn't hold back from understanding the evolution part of the trial. I read it with an open mind and found it rather interesting how a man who was actually Christian, managed to speak out against what he really believed in, to win a trial. I gained respect for Henry Drummond (Clarence Darrow) because even after the trial was over, he himself learned the lesson that he was preaching. He learned the right to think, and when he was leaving the courtroom on that last day of the trial he took with him the Bible, along with the book of Darwin. ...read more.

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