The Present Social Context
It is a time of religious ferment in the United States. This may be true of any time period, but it seems especially true now. The battle over whether to teach Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in the schools or whether to teach creationism — now called “Intelligent design” — continues, even though that battle was fought in Dayton, Tennessee, in “the Scopes Monkey Trial” some eighty years ago. The Ten Commandments have often been removed from public places by court order.