Western North Carolina Baptists in the 1920’s Evolution Debate

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Justin English, Student (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site: http://library.unca.edu/
Daniel Pierce

Abstract: The teaching of evolutionary theory has long caused controversy, from national events such as the Scopes Trial, to local debates. During the 1920s, the decade of Scopes, North Carolina, like much of the country, was embroiled in the controversy, and the compatibility of science and religion. This paper examines how this debate played out in Western North Carolina, particularly the role of the Baptist church, and William Louis Poteat, president of Wake Forest College and pro-evolution biology teacher, and analyses how the mountain Baptists were extraordinary in their discourse of unity and fostering of Christian education, even in the midst of an ongoing firestorm over the teaching of evolution in the state from 1922 to 1925.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
evolution, Baptist church, North Carolina history, William Louis Poteat

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