40 Days and 40 Nights by Matthew Chapman
Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, OxyContin®, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania

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In this fascinating story of evolution, religion, politics, and personalities, Matthew Chapman captures the story behind the headlines in the debate over God and science in America.

Kitzmiller v. Dover Board of Education, decided in late 2005, pitted the teaching of intelligent design (sometimes known as "creationism in a lab coat") against the teaching of evolution. Matthew Chapman, the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, spent several months covering the trial from beginning to end. Through his in-depth encounters with the participants—creationists, preachers, teachers, scientists on both sides of the issue, lawyers, theologians, the judge, and the eleven parents who resisted the fundamentalist proponents of intelligent design—Chapman tells a sometimes terrifying, often hilarious, and above all moving story of ordinary people doing battle in America over the place of religion and science in modern life.


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Matthew Chapman was born in Cambridge, England and is the great-great grandson of Charles Darwin. He has written and directed five films, and lived for many years in Los Angeles. A Hollywood screenwriter he now lives in Manhattan. Trials of the Monkey is his first book.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 290 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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In fact, one of the most moving chapters of the book is the one titled "Buckingham," about Bill Buckingham, the school board member who was one of the prime movers in bringing ID to Dover.

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