Freethinkers

Written By Susan Jacoby
Freethinkers
  • Publsiher : Metropolitan Books
  • Release : 07 January 2005
  • ISBN : 9781429934756
  • Pages : 432 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 21 reviews
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Read or download book entitled Freethinkers written by Susan Jacoby which was release on 07 January 2005, this book published by Metropolitan Books. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. Book excerpt: An authoritative history of the vital role of secularist thinkers and activists in the United States, from a writer of "fierce intelligence and nimble, unfettered imagination" (The New York Times) At a time when the separation of church and state is under attack as never before, Freethinkers offers a powerful defense of the secularist heritage that gave Americans the first government in the world founded not on the authority of religion but on the bedrock of human reason. In impassioned, elegant prose, celebrated author Susan Jacoby paints a striking portrait of more than two hundred years of secularist activism, beginning with the fierce debate over the omission of God from the Constitution. Moving from nineteenth-century abolitionism and suffragism through the twentieth century's civil liberties, civil rights, and feminist movements, Freethinkers illuminates the neglected accomplishments of secularists who, allied with liberal and tolerant religious believers, have stood at the forefront of the battle for reforms opposed by reactionary forces in the past and today. Rich with such iconic figures as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Clarence Darrow—as well as once-famous secularists such as Robert Green Ingersoll, "the Great Agnostic"—Freethinkers restores to history generations of dedicated humanists. It is they, Jacoby shows, who have led the struggle to uphold the combination of secular government and religious liberty that is the glory of the American system.

Freethinkers

Freethinkers
  • Author : Susan Jacoby
  • Publisher : Metropolitan Books
  • Release Date : 2005-01-07
  • Total pages : 432
  • ISBN : 9781429934756
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Summary : An authoritative history of the vital role of secularist thinkers and activists in the United States, from a writer of "fierce intelligence and nimble, unfettered imagination" (The New York Times) At a time when the separation of church and state is under attack as never before, Freethinkers offers a powerful ...

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  • Author : Bruce Ledewitz
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-06-01
  • Total pages : 312
  • ISBN : 9781429934756
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  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2015-09-25
  • Total pages : 304
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  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2019-11-13
  • Total pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781429934756
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Summary : From the perspective of Protestant America, nineteenth-century Mormons were the victims of a peculiar zealotry, a population deranged––socially, sexually, even racially––by the extravagances of belief they called “religion.” Make Yourselves Gods offers a counter-history of early Mormon theology and practice, tracking the Saints from their emergence as a ...

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  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2022
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-10-12
  • Total pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781429934756
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Summary : The forgotten story of the nineteenth-century freethinkers and twentieth-century humanists who tried to build their own secular religion In The Church of Saint Thomas Paine, Leigh Eric Schmidt tells the surprising story of how freethinking liberals in nineteenth-century America promoted a secular religion of humanity centered on the deistic revolutionary ...

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  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2022-02-22
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Summary : An award-winning scholar's sweeping history of American secularism, from Jefferson to Trump...

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  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-03-01
  • Total pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781429934756
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  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
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  • Total pages : 168
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-06-27
  • Total pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781429934756
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Summary : Many Americans wish to believe that the United States, founded in religious tolerance, has gradually and naturally established a secular public sphere that is equally tolerant of all religions--or none. Culture and Redemption suggests otherwise. Tracy Fessenden contends that the uneven separation of church and state in America, far from ...

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  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-12-03
  • Total pages : 268
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  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Total pages : 484
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Summary : This collection presents a radical rethinking of the secularization of American public life....

American Secularism

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  • Author : Joseph O. Baker,Buster G. Smith
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2015-09-25
  • Total pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781429934756
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Summary : A rapidly growing number of Americans are embracing life outside the bounds of organized religion. Although America has long been viewed as a fervently religious Christian nation, survey data shows that more and more Americans are identifying as “not religious.” There are more non-religious Americans than ever before, yet social ...

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Summary : Discusses the schism between the religious right and mainstream Protestantism, the separation of church and state, and the relationship between science and religion....

Black Freethinkers

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  • Author : Christopher Cameron
  • Publisher : Northwestern University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-09-15
  • Total pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9781429934756
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Summary : Black Freethinkers argues that, contrary to historical and popular depictions of African Americans as naturally religious, freethought has been central to black political and intellectual life from the nineteenth century to the present. Freethought encompasses many different schools of thought, including atheism, agnosticism, and nontraditional orientations such as deism and ...