Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Interesting reading

One of the things I like to do in my spare time is look at Professor Douglas Linder's website at UMKC, Famous Trials. He provides a lot of background on several significant trials over the years, such as the Scopes Monkey Trial, the Johnson Impeachment Trial, the Lizzie Borden trial, Salem Witch trial... for Canadians, he's covered the Louis Riel trial, and for Canadians, he's gotten the Chamberlain "Dingo" trial ("The Dingo ate my baby!"). One that I read a couple days ago was the trial of Jesus. It's a very interesting look into the background of the trial itself - I highly recommend reading it, if you ever get the chance. I don't suggest that you believe what he's compiled, indeed, that's all up to you. However, it provides a new perspective on what is arguably the most important trial to western civilization.


Bellejar said...

I have a really good read about the scopes trial. It is called Summer of the Gods. One of my favorite teachers one a Pulitzer for it. Super!

The most interesting part is that it is the ID debate. So much of it could be in todays news.

Steve said...

Absolutely. I did a paper on the Scopes trial when I was in undergrad. That paper stunk to high heaven, but I got a B on it, so I'm not too upset.

I did my seminar paper on ID, so I've got a bit of knowledge on the topic. I rather enjoy reading about it. I'll have to check out Summer of the Gods. Thanks