Moreover, the older overt conflict between fundamentalism and science has greatly decreased. The matter of evolution, which was a major centre of the earlier fundamentalist controversy, has receded from the scene ... Thirty years or so ago typical conservative pubishing houses were sill issuing thunderings against the idea of evolution. Today we hear practically nothing about it. (Barr, James. Fundamentalism. London: SCM Press, 1977. 92)
To be fair, James Barr is British, and I imagine the situation is much different in England and Europe in general. But here in America, it's still 1925 and we're still fighting the goddamn Scopes trial all over again every time some lazy electorate accidentally lets a few know-nothings slip into their school boards. The good news is that things actually are getting better and the cultural tide is turning against naive Bible reading---as the fundies' retreat from using the word "creationism" into the more science-y sounding "intelligent design" shows. But still---what the hell kind of 1977 was James Barr living in? And why is the movement so slow?