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Even Atheists in the 19th Century Couldn’t Agree On Which Word Best Described Them

Any book of the treatment of atheists throughout American history is bound to be extremely pessimistic. We were considered heretics then and we're considered heretics now, though that's slowly changing. But it's worth revisiting that history just to understand how tough it was for the "New Atheists" of their time.Washington University in St. Louis professor Leigh Eric Schmidt has looked at that history through the eyes of four outspoken critics of religion from more than a century ago, and he writes about them in a new book called Village Atheists: How America's Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation (Princeton University Press, 2016).
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