Biography of Famous Agnostic Clarence Darrow

About the famous American agnostic Clarence Darrow, history and information about the beliefs of the lawyer in the Scopes Monkey trial.


His Person: American criminal lawyer, lecturer-debater, writer, and humanitarian. Became internationally famous as the defense attorney in the Scopes evolution case in Dayton, Tenn., which challenged the constitutionality of the then existing antievolution law. Fought for an awareness and tolerance of man's conflicting beliefs and advocated a "philosophy of mechanism" which insisted that there must be a cause for every antisocial act, and once that cause was found and either removed or eliminated, the victim of the cause could be made well and whole again. Campaigned against poverty, capital punishment, and all injustices he believed to be "intolerant" and destructive to mankind. Called an "atheist," and "anarchist" by some; called a "most religious man," "one of the few true Christians" by others. Wrote: Crime: Its Cause and Its Treatment, Infidels and Heretics.

His Belief: "I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure--that is all that agnosticism means."

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