DAYTON, TN AP) - Two former professors at a Dayton college named for one of creationism's most famous defenders are suing to get their jobs back after rejecting the school's amended statement of belief.

The dispute at Bryan College, named for Scopes Monkey Trial prosecutor William Jennings Bryan, began in February when trustees clarified the school's statement of belief to exclude the possibility that God may have used evolution as part of creation.

Science professor Stephen Barnett and education professor Steven DeGeorge say in the lawsuit that college trustees don't have the authority to make the change because the school's charter says the statement can't be altered.

Attorney Rosemarie Hill, who represents the college, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1jLAoBZ) that leaders at the institution do have the authority to amend the statement.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.