In the Scopes trial appellate opinion, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Chambliss noted that ScopesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ lawyers prominently featured this statement from Prof. E. N. Reinke of Vanderbilt University: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The theory of evolution is altogether essential to the teaching of biology. . . . To deny the teacher of biology the use of [evolution] would make his teaching as chaotic as an attempt to teach . . . physics without assuming the existence of the ether.Ã¢â‚¬Â (Go here. Didn’t Einstein’s fundamental work predate the Scopes trial by two decades?)
It’s comforting to realize that critics of ID like Eugenie Scott, Ken Miller, and Daniel Dennett stand on the shoulders of such towering intellects as Prof. Reinke.