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Title Village Atheists.
Author Schmidt, Leigh Eric.
Publication [Place of publication not identified] : Princeton University Press, 2016.
Description 1 online resource
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Contents The making of the village atheist -- The secular pilgrim; or, the here without the hereafter -- The cartoonist; or, the visible incivility of secularism -- The blasphemer; or, the riddle of irreligious freedom -- The obscene atheist; or, the sexual politics of infidelity -- The nonbeliever is entitled to go his own way.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Leigh Eric Schmidt rebuilds the history of American secularism from the ground up, giving flesh and blood to these outspoken infidels, including itinerant lecturer Samuel Porter Putnam; rough-edged cartoonist Watson Heston; convicted blasphemer Charles B. Reynolds; and atheist sex reformer Elmina D. Slenker. He describes their everyday confrontations with devout neighbors and evangelical ministers, their strained efforts at civility alongside their urge to ridicule and offend their Christian compatriots. Schmidt examines the multilayered world of social exclusion, legal jeopardy, yet also civic acceptance in which American atheists and secularists lived. He shows how it was only in the middle decades of the twentieth century that nonbelievers attained a measure of legal vindication, yet even then they often found themselves marginalized on the edges of a God-trusting, Bible-believing nation. Village Atheists reveals how the secularist vision for the United States proved to be anything but triumphant and age-defining for a country where faith and citizenship were--and still are--routinely interwoven, "--Amazon.com.
Note Print version record.
Subject Atheism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
RELIGION -- Agnosticism.
Atheism. (OCoLC)fst00819974
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
1800-1899
Genre Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Schmidt, Leigh Eric. Village Atheists. Princeton University Press, 2016 0691168644 9780691168647 (OCoLC)942707305
ISBN 1400884349 (electronic bk.)
9781400884346 (electronic bk.)

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