Reverend John Roach Straton

John Straton was a prominent pastor and one of the most important leaders of the anti-evolution campaign during the 1920s. After the Scopes trial, Straton and other outspoken anti-evolutionists challenged Clarence Darrow to debate but Darrow refused. Darrow wrote in his autobiography: "Man is not only the home of microbes, but of all sorts of vain and weird delusions. How does he come to think himself so important? Man really assumes that the entire universe was made for him; that while it is run by God it is still run for man. God is just a sort of caterer whose business it is to find out what men want and then supply these wants. I remember John Roach Straton telling how God saved his life by coming down from heaven and opening his automobile door so that the reverend gentleman could get out and avoid an accident. He regarded it as nothing strange or incongruous that God should act as his chauffeur at that exact instant. The story would have seemed more reasonable if God had kept him alive awhile longer after having taken the trouble to save his life." Clarence Darrow, The Story of My Life. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-29640.