Let me repeat yet again:
There is no transcript from that debate.
Your YouTube "reenactment" is not a reenactment.
It is an invention.
There *is* a transcript from the trial.
I have posted part of it.
Darrow shreds Bryan.
The transcripts of the scopes trial are irrelevant to the point. They only apply that Darrow tried to use such nonsense against Chesterton. No there isn't a transcript. What was shown is a dramatic re-enactment of Darrow and Chesterton. Chesterton would use the same arguments in other writings and the enactment was merely a recall of parties who were at the event and the descriptions of Darrows behaviour. You do know what drama is don't you? Apparently not. The point made is that Darrow lost badly against Chesterton. The point made is that is that the tactics used by Darrow against scopes would not work on Catholics. If you want to argue with a literal fundamentalist then stick with Ox. If you want to debate with Chesterton then one needs to understand the Catholic position, which is not applicable to the scopes charade trial.
THE FOLLOWING is excerpted from the February 4, 1931, issue of The Nation. Here Henry Hazlitt gives his impressions of the debate:
In the ballot that followed, the audience voted more than two to one for the defender of the faith, Mr. Chesterton of course, and if the vote was on the relative merits of the two debaters, and not on the question itself, it was surely a very just one. Mr. Chestertons argument was like Mr. Chesterton, amiable, courteous, jolly; it was always clever, it was full of nice turns of expression, and altogether a very adroit exhibition by one of the worlds ablest intellectual fencing masters and one of its most charming gentlemen.
Mr. Darrows personality, by contrast, seemed rather colorless and certainly very dour. His attitude seemed almost surly; he slurred his words; the rise and fall of his voice was sometimes heavily melodramatic, and his argument was conducted on an amazingly low intellectual level.
Ostensibly the defender of science against Mr. Chesterton, he obviously knew much less about science than Mr. Chesterton did; when he essayed to answer his opponent on the views of Eddington and Jeans, it was patent that he did not have the remotest conception of what the new physics was all about. His victory over Mr. Byran at Dayton had been too cheap and easy; he remembered it not wisely but too well. His arguments are still the arguments of the village atheist of the Ingersoll period; at Mecca Temple he still seemed to be trying to shock and convince yokels.
Mr. Chestertons deportment was irreproachable, but I am sure that he was secretly unhappy. He had been on the platform many times against George Bernard Shaw. This opponent could not extend his powers. He was not getting his exercise.²
A NOTE ON THE VOTE from an article by Timothy S. Goeglein in Catholic Heritage, Jan-Feb, 1996, p. 28.
At the debates close, those in the hall were asked to vote for the man they thought had won the debate. Darrow received 1,022 votes. But Chesterton received 2,359 votes, a decisive win.