DAYTON, TN, (WDEF)-Nearly a century after the Scopes Monkey Trial, evolution and creationism is once again proving divisive in Dayton TN.
Faculty at Bryan College, which was founded on the beliefs of anti-Darwinism campaigner William Jennings Bryan, are being asked to follow a new Statement of Belief that says "All humanity is descended from Adam and Eve".
Students here in Bryan College are divided on the issue, while some have signed a petition, others are unsure of where they will be in a few months time.
Jared Kelly, Biology Student,"I'm upset about how fast everything is moving, how this will affect my department and how this will affect my faculty and my professors"
Madison Yates, Business Major,"It's trying to make the stand that evolution just does not occur at all, which not saying that some of the faculty believe in evolution but maybe that god has made us to where we can adapt over time not definitely saying that we are coming from monkeys at all, I definitely disagree with that"
Many professors are worried that the dispute regarding, Genesis 1 and 2 could affect their jobs and the future of their departments.
Professor Stephen Barnett,"Its very painful for the school".
However Barnett says his main concern will always be the well being of his students.
Professor Stephen Barnett, Natural Sciences, "They are really great they have been remarkably mature in the way they have been handling this situation they have been attending to it prayerfully"
One student says evolution and creationism are discussed in their classes but scripture has always come first.
Robin Harrison, Biology Student, "A better educated person on all the views and always always he always brought the authority of scripture over science, he emphasized that"
College Board Chairman, Col John Haynes feels the bible verse should take priority over sciences especially at a Christian college.
"To get us to reevaluate is our compass still pointing toward true north, are we completely tethered in God's work, you study scripture from the perspective of science, you study science from the perspective of scripture, that's your safety net"
Faculty told us that they have a month to make their decision on where their true beliefs lie.