Science, the Rise of Fundamentalism, and the Scopes Trial
Sunday, February 26th, 2023
Dr. Bob Dise
Associate Professor of History, University of Northern Iowa
The Canterbury Forum’s name recognizes the fact that St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cedar Falls has provided space free of charge for the Forum’s programs since the Forum’s inception. The Forum is not otherwise affiliated in any way with St. Luke’s, the Episcopal Church, or with any religious body.
Forum programs typically examine issues from a moderate to liberal perspective both because that perspective reflects the point of view of the mainline faith communities that the Forum was created to serve and because conservative religious communities have a multitude of outlets through which they regularly present their own point of view.
The Canterbury Forum
Informing and Educating the Mainstream
The Canterbury Forum is committed to a mission of informing and educating the Cedar Valley's mainstream faith communities about religious issues and the complex interactions between religion, society, and culture. Typically, the Forum presents six programs a year, divided between a Fall (August-September-October) and a Winter/Spring (February-March-April) series. By the spring of 2022, the Forum had presented one hundred-seventeen programs. Forum programs last about an hour and a half (including time for questions), and typical attendance is between sixty and eighty people.