• Atheism,  Essays,  freethought

    Atheism and other addresses (1924) by Joseph Lewis, PDF book

    Atheism and other addresses (1924) by Joseph Lewis,  PDF book Joseph Lewis Joseph Lewis (June 11, 1889 – November 4, 1968) was an American freethinker and atheist activist, publisher, and litigator. During the mid-twentieth century, he was one of America’s most conspicuous public atheists, the other being Emanuel Haldeman-Julius. Born in Montgomery, Alabama to a Jewish family, he was forced by poverty to leave school at the age of nine to find employment. He read avidly, becoming self-educated. Lewis developed his ideas from reading, among others, Robert G. Ingersoll, whose published works made him aware of Thomas Paine. He was first impressed by the idea to become an atheist after…

  • Atheism,  freethought,  Rationalism,  Religions

    A grammar of freethought by Chapman Cohen 1921 pdf book

    A grammar of freethought by  Chapman Cohen 1921  pdf book It must be left for those who read the following pages to decide how far this book lives up to its title. That it leaves many aspects of life untouched is quite clear, but there must be a limit to everything, even to the size and scope of a book; moreover, the work does not aim at being an encyclopedia, but only an outline of what may fairly be regarded as the Freethought position.  Freethought, again, is too fluid a term to permit its teachings being summarized in a set creed, but it does stand for a certain definite attitude…

  • freethought,  History,  Religions

    The origin of supernatural conceptions and development of religions from prehistoric times (1906) John James Greenough

    The origin of supernatural conceptions and development of religions from prehistoric times Excerpt: Before attempting to investigate the origin of religion, it may be well to fix a definite meaning to that constantly employed word. We find in the modern lexicons numerous meanings ascribed to the word religion, that differ widely in their nature, and are antagonistic in their purport. If by religion is meant the healthful development of the right life, a practice of conscientious duty to our fellow men, and abstaining from all injustice, every right-minded man must give it his approval. But if by religion is meant ” a system of faith in, and worship of, a…

  • Atheism,  freethought,  History,  Philosophy,  Rationalism,  Religions

    A short history of freethought, ancient and modern PDF book by J. M. Robertson

    A short history of freethought, ancient and modern Free PDF book by  J. M. Robertson (1899)  Excerpt from the author’s introduction: Short histories are perhaps not among the best of disciplines, and the History of Freethought is at least as hard to write justly or master intelligently in short compass as any other. At the same time, the concise history, which is a different thing from the epitomes denounced by Bacon, has its advantages; and I have striven in this case to guard somewhat against the disadvantages by the habitual citation of authorities, and by the frequent brief discussion, in paragraphs in smaller type, of disputed and theoretical matters. These…