Village Atheists: How America's Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation by Leigh Eric Schmidt
English | September 26th, 2016 | ASIN: B01KGKA8LY, ISBN: 0691168644 | 353 Pages | EPUB | 23.68 MB
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 majoritarian entanglements of church and state. Village Atheists 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.