Robert Green Ingersoll Birthday Party

Sunday, August 14th 2016 at 6:00 pm

Robert Green Ingersoll Birthday Party-- Ingersoll, Infidels, and Indianapolis: Freethought and Religion in the Central Midwest-Sunday, August 14, 6:00 pm, Center for Inquiry-Indiana, 350 Canal Walk, Suite A, Indianapolis.

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Robert Ingersoll's renown for oratory and activism within the Golden Age of Freethought (1870-1914) is well known, but his role as a public intellectual has not been equally explored. In this lecture, public historian Justin Clark shares his research on Ingersoll's intellectual clashes with clergy in Illinois and Indiana during the late nineteenth century. From his battles with the Reverend Dwight Moody and his "Answers to Indianapolis Clergy," to his influence on the German-American freethought community, Ingersoll was indeed a deeply engaged public thinker who pushed both believers and nonbelievers to reconsider their own theological, moral, and philosophical positions.

Justin is a graduate student in public history at IUPUI and an intern at the Indiana History Center.