Monthly Archives: August 2014

Surprising Things About Two 19th Century Presidents

I am reading Susan Jacoby’s recent book, “The Great Agnostic,” subtitled “Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought.” Ingersoll was a very popular orator and lecturer in the second half of the 19th Century, despite the fact that he was an outspoken critic of organized religion, particularly Christianity. “Freethought” was a euphemism for atheism and agnosticism, advocating reliance on what Ingersoll called the three pillars of freethought: observation, logic and experience, as opposed Read more [...]