It is, arguably, one of the most divisive issues of our time: the role of religion in society. Especially these days, with the boundaries between religion and politics becoming ever more porous, the battle lines have been drawn even more clearly. In The Explanation for Everything
Lauren Grodstein tackles this issue with empathy and grace leading the reader to question pre-established assumptions about what the "other side" truly believes.
Biology professor Andrew Waite is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. His tenure at a small New Jersey liberal arts college seems only a remote possibility. His lab mice are not yielding the results he would like. His preteen daughters are growing up way too fast. And more than three years after her death, he still misses his wife, Louisa, terribly. Years ago, Waite, a native Midwesterner, received a schooling in...
Beyond the Book
Biology professor Andrew Waite (the protagonist in The Explanation for Everything
) had a predecessor in John Scopes, a 24-year-old high school teacher who decided to teach the theory of evolution in his Dayton, Tennessee high school classroom defying a then newly implemented state law banning this practice. The year was 1925, a time when jazz and Hollywood movies were believed to be corrupting influences on America's youth and the last thing the evangelical superiors in Tennessee wanted was a challenge to the word of God.
Taken aback by the Tennessee decision, The American Civil...