Village Atheists
  • Release Date : 18 December 2018
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Genre : Religion
  • Pages : 360 pages
  • ISBN 13 : 9780691183114
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Download or read book entitled Village Atheists by author: Leigh Eric Schmidt which was release on 18 December 2018 and published by Princeton University Press with total page 360 pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. A much-maligned minority throughout American history, atheists have been cast as a threat to the nation’s moral fabric, barred from holding public office, and branded as irreligious misfits in a nation chosen by God. Yet village atheists—as these godless freethinkers came to be known by the close of the nineteenth century—were also hailed for their gutsy dissent from stultifying pieties and for posing a necessary secularist challenge to the entanglements of church and state. In Village Atheists, Leigh Eric Schmidt explores the complex cultural terrain that unbelievers have long had to navigate in their fight to secure equal rights and liberties in American public life. He rebuilds the history of American secularism from the ground up, giving flesh and blood to these outspoken infidels. Village Atheists demonstrates that the secularist vision for the United States proved to be anything but triumphant in a country where faith and citizenship were—and still are—closely interwoven.