Voices of Reason - Susan Jacoby: The Great Agnostic

Sunday, January 27th 2013 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, January 27th 2013 at 4:00 pm
Hill Center DC - Lincoln Hall, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE (Eastern Market Metro), Washington, DC 20003
The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought

In this provocative biography, Susan Jacoby, the author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, restores Ingersoll to his rightful place in an American intellectual tradition extending from Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine to the current generation of  “new atheists.” Jacoby illuminates the ways in which America’s often-denigrated and forgotten secular history encompasses issues, ranging from women’s rights to evolution, as potent and divisive today as they were in Ingersoll’s time. Ingersoll emerges in this portrait as one of the indispensable public figures who keep an alternative version of history alive. He devoted his life to that greatest secular idea of all—liberty of conscience belonging to the religious and nonreligious alike.

Susan Jacoby is the author of ten books, including Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, The Age of American Unreason, and Alger Hiss and the Battle for History. She contributes to many newspapers and national magazines. She lives in New York City.
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