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Larson: Summer for the Gods (Spanish)

Head Note: Edward J. Larson is a historian who wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning book on the Scopes trial called Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. He traces the rise of fundamentalist Christianity in the 1920s. Fundamentalists opposed "modernism," which claimed that humans wrote the Bible and that its stories should be interpreted, rather than assumed to be literally true.

Sí existían puntos de concordancia entre el modernismo y el fundamentalismo pero llamaron poca atención en el debate público sobre el juicio de Scopes. . . .

La prensa popular parecía determinada a oponer los fundamentalistas . . . a los modernistas . . . o a los agnósticos . . . de los cuales, todos despreciaban el centro . . . Los cristianos atrapados en medio no quisieron participar. «Lo que sacamos del juicio de Scopes», observó un editorial del Interés Comercial de Memfis, era que «los creyentes más sinceros de la religión» deseaban simplemente evitar por completo el debate de los orígenes. «Algunos tienen su religión, mas temen que, si salen a la palestra, se la pierdan. . . . Algunos están en la posición de creer, mas temen que no puedan comprobar su creencia.»

Source: Excerpt from historian Edward Larson’s book, Summer for the Gods, 1997.