Rationalism and the Free Mind
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Since: Jan 13
#1 Jan 7, 2013
Many people raised religious have great trouble breaking fully away from that once they begin to doubt dogma and superstition, to try to free their mind for the wide world of reason and truth. Many doubters think that they are alone in rebelling against the church of their family and youth.
You are not alone. Freethought runs a glorious history through the American mind, and is in fact the foundation of progress both personal and national.
The founder of freethinking here was Thomas Paine. His successor in the 19th century was Robert Ingersoll. Now Susan Jacoby has written his biography (and impact): "Robert Ingersoll, the Great Agnostic".
That may help you open the path for your mind. Jacoby has other fine books more general. You may decide to read further, say Christopher Hitchens. An open mind will never go back.
(I expect to draw vitriol from evangelical fundamentalists with a tired ax to grind. Feel free. Reason and truth will win out.)
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