In search of an eye witness account of the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial, the landmark intelligent design case whereby it was deemed unconstitutional to teach in public school, Matthew Chapman’s 40 Days and 40 Nights came up first in the public library search engine. The book was a quick and entertaining read that was full of obnoxious commentary, self-serving rhetoric, theological ignorance, uninformative interviews, lame jokes, biased observations, and… profound insight.
The author is a descendant of Charles Darwin himself and works as a journalist and filmmaker, so naturally he was the perfect candidate to fill the shoes of H.L. Mencken, the infamous reporter who covered the Scopes “Monkey Trial.” Though there are more than a few grains of salt needed to digest this book, I did find some wisdom in the following remarks he made when introducing a rather miserable sounding minister:
If I believe that someone was watching over me and that when life ended, death would be a joyous reunion with everyone I loved, I would be ecstatic. Why, then, are so many true believers so often consumed with rage and bitterness?
A fair question and one that has stuck with me for days. Hats off to Chapman for asking it.