Inherit the Wind: a Fictional Drama

I have been hearing for years about the movie, Inherit the Wind, a documentary-drama which is supposed to portray the events of the Scopes “Monkey” trial that took place in 1925.

Well, I finally was able to see it a few nights ago.  It was actually fairly entertaining, considering the subject matter, but, alas, it was every bit as biased against Christians as I had heard.

Throughout the movie, Christians were depicted as ignorant, rude, vengeful, and a host of other defective personality traits.  If we Christians truly acted this way, I would certainly not want to be one!

The treatment of the difficult issues surrounding evolution and creation were infantile, to say the least.  The viewer will not learn anything useful about this on-going controversy by watching this film.  It’s clear purpose was to score points in the culture war against Christians.

However, since this movie has colored so many people’s view of the evolution/creation controversy, I would still recommend everyone see it.  It is a piece of American cultural history, whether we like it or not.

After you see it, you may want to read David Menton’s analysis of the historical inaccuracies of the film.  

If you’ve seen it, let me know what you thought of it.