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When All the Gods Trembled: Darwinism, Scopes, and American Intellectuals

by Paul K. Conkin
Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1998. 208 pages.

The author of American Originals: Homemade Varieties of Christianity turns his attention to the impact of Darwin's theories on the intellectual scene of the 1920s. The Scopes trial is central, of course, but Conkin also discusses the reactions of intellectuals as diverse as the pastor Harry Emerson Fosdick, the philosopher John Dewey, and the poet John Crowe Ransom. Fellow historian Edward J Larson praises When All the Gods Trembled for its "keen insights into the historic fundamentalist-­modernist controversy and the ongoing debate over science and religion."