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The great agnostic : Robert Ingersoll and American freethought, Susan Jacoby

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The great agnostic : Robert Ingersoll and American freethought
Title
The great agnostic
Title remainder
Robert Ingersoll and American freethought
Statement of responsibility
Susan Jacoby
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • During the Gilded Age, Ingersoll 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. Jacoby restores Ingersoll to his rightful place in an American intellectual tradition, as a public figure who devoted his life to liberty of conscience belonging to the religious and nonreligious alike
  • "In this provocative biography, Susan Jacoby, the author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, restores Ingersoll to his rightful place in an American intellectual tradition extending from Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine to the current generation of "new atheists." Jacoby illuminates the ways in which America's often-denigrated and forgotten secular history encompasses issues, ranging from women's rights to evolution, as potent and divisive today as they were in Ingersoll's time. Ingersoll emerges in this portrait as one of the indispensable public figures who keep an alternative version of history alive. He devoted his life to that greatest secular idea of all--liberty of conscience belonging to the religious and nonreligious alike."--Publisher's website
  • This book is a biography that restores America's foremost nineteenth-century champion of reason and secularism to our still contested twenty-first-century public square. From the author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism comes a provocative portrait of Robert Green Ingersoll, known as "the Great Agnostic" and the foremost spokesman during America's Gilded Age for secularism and the separation of church and state. When he died in 1899, it was widely acknowledged that he might have aspired to the U.S. presidency had it not been for his antireligious views. Instead, he became the most passionate advocate for Enlightenment reason since the nation's founding. To the question that retains its divisive power -- was the United States founded as a Christian nation? -- Ingersoll answered an emphatic no. This erudite and entertaining account restores Ingersoll to his rightful place in an American intellectual tradition extending from Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine to the current generation of "new atheists." Jacoby illuminates the ways in which America's often-denigrated and forgotten secular history encompasses issues, including women's rights, immigration, racism, and evolution, that are as potent and divisive today as they were in Ingersoll's time. Ingersoll emerges in this portrait as one of the indispensable public figures who keeps an alternative version of history alive. He devoted his life to that greatest secular idea of all -- liberty of conscience belonging to the religious and nonreligious alike. - Jacket flap
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jacoby, Susan
Dewey number
  • 211/.7092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
BL2790.I6
LC item number
J33 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ingersoll, Robert Green
  • Freethinkers
  • Freethinkers
Label
The great agnostic : Robert Ingersoll and American freethought, Susan Jacoby
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-224) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The making of an iconoclast
  • The political insider and the religious outsider
  • Champion of science
  • The humanistic freethinker
  • Church and state
  • Reason and passion
  • Death and afterlife
Control code
ocn785864725
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
ix, 246 pages
Isbn
9780300137255
Isbn Type
(clothbound : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012027881
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)785864725
Label
The great agnostic : Robert Ingersoll and American freethought, Susan Jacoby
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-224) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The making of an iconoclast
  • The political insider and the religious outsider
  • Champion of science
  • The humanistic freethinker
  • Church and state
  • Reason and passion
  • Death and afterlife
Control code
ocn785864725
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
ix, 246 pages
Isbn
9780300137255
Isbn Type
(clothbound : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012027881
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)785864725

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