[Grand Rapids, MI] Susan Jacoby: “The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought”
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- Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 at 7:00 pm
- Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 at 8:30 pm
- Women's City Club, 253 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI
Synopsis: During the Gilded Age, which saw the dawn of America's enduring culture wars, Robert Green Ingersoll was known as "the Great Agnostic." The nation's most famous orator, he raised his voice on behalf of Enlightenment reason, secularism, and the separation of church and state with a vigor unmatched since America's revolutionary generation. When he died in 1899, even his religious enemies acknowledged that he might have aspired to the U.S. presidency had he been willing to mask his opposition to religion. To the question that retains its controversial power today-was the United States founded as a Christian nation?-Ingersoll answered an emphatic no.
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