The Great Agnostic Book
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

The Great Agnostic


  • Author : Susan Jacoby
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2014-02-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN 10 : 0300205783

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The Great Agnostic Excerpt :

A biography that restores America's foremost 19th-century champion of reason and secularism to the still contested 21st-century public square.

The Great Agnostic Book
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

The Great Agnostic


  • Author : Susan Jacoby
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-01-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300137255

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The Great Agnostic Excerpt :

A biography that restores America's foremost 19th-century champion of reason and secularism to the still contested 21st-century public square.

Why Am I an Agnostic  Book

Why Am I an Agnostic


  • Author : Robert Green Ingersoll
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1900
  • Genre: Agnosticism
  • Pages : 24
  • ISBN 10 : NLI:3167749-10

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Freethinkers Book
Score: 4
From 21 Ratings

Freethinkers


  • Author : Susan Jacoby
  • Publisher : Metropolitan Books
  • Release Date : 2005-01-07
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429934756

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Freethinkers Excerpt :

An authoritative history of the vital role of secularist thinkers and activists in the United States, from a writer of "fierce intelligence and nimble, unfettered imagination" (The New York Times) At a time when the separation of church and state is under attack as never before, Freethinkers offers a powerful defense of the secularist heritage that gave Americans the first government in the world founded not on the authority of religion but on the bedrock of human reason. In impassioned, elegant prose, celebrated author Susan Jacoby paints a striking portrait of more than two hundred years of secularist activism, beginning with the fierce debate over the omission of God from the Constitution. Moving from nineteenth-century abolitionism and suffragism through the twentieth century's civil liberties, civil rights, and feminist movements, Freethinkers illuminates the neglected accomplishments of secularists who, allied with liberal and tolerant religious believers, have stood at the forefront of the battle for reforms opposed by reactionary forces in the past and today. Rich with such iconic figures as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Clarence Darrow—as well as once-famous secularists such as Robert Green Ingersoll, "the Great Agnostic"—Freethinkers restores to history generations of dedicated humanists. It is they, Jacoby shows, who have led the struggle to uphold the combination of secular government and religious liberty that is the glory of the American system.

Some Mistakes of Moses Book
Score: 4.5
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Some Mistakes of Moses


  • Author : Robert Green Ingersoll
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1879
  • Genre: Bible
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015008547203

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Some Mistakes of Moses Excerpt :

There was a time when a falsehood, fulminated from the pulpit, smote like a sword; but, the supply having greatly exceeded the demand, clerical misrepresentation has at last become almost an innocent amusement. Remembering that only a few years ago men, women, and even children, were imprisoned, tortured and burned, for having expressed in an exceedingly mild and gentle way, the ideas entertained by me, I congratulate myself that calumny is now the pulpit's last resort. The old instruments of torture are kept only to gratify curiosity; the chains are rusting away, and the demolition of time has allowed even the dungeons of the Inquisition to be visited by light. The church, impotent and malicious, regrets, not the abuse, but the loss of her power, and seeks to hold by falsehood what she gained by cruelty and force, by fire and fear. Christianity cannot live in peace with any other form of faith. If that religion be true, there is but one savior, one inspired book, and but one little narrow grass-grown path that leads to heaven. Such a religion is necessarily uncompromising, unreasoning, aggressive and insolent. Christianity has held all other creeds and forms in infinite contempt, divided the world into enemies and friends, and verified the awful declaration of its founder -- a declaration that wet with blood the sword he came to bring, and made the horizon of a thousand years lurid with the fagots' flames.....Robert Green Ingersoll

What s God Got to Do With It  Book
Score: 5
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What s God Got to Do With It


  • Author : Tim Page
  • Publisher : Steerforth
  • Release Date : 2011-12-13
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781586421977

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What s God Got to Do With It Excerpt :

Robert Ingersoll (1833—1899) is one of the great lost figures in United States history, all but forgotten at just the time America needs him most. An outspoken and unapologetic agnostic, fervent champion of the separation of church and state, and tireless advocate of the rights of women and African Americans, he drew enormous audiences in the late nineteenth century with his lectures on “freethought.” His admirers included Mark Twain and Thomas A. Edison, who said Ingersoll had “all the attributes of a perfect man” and went so far as to make an early recording of Ingersoll’s voice. The publication of What’s God Got to Do with It? will return Robert Ingersoll and his ideas to American political discourse. Edited and with a biographical introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Page, this new popular collection of Ingersoll’s thought – distilled from the twelve-volume set of his works, his copious letters, and various newspaper interviews – promises to put Ingersoll back where he belongs, in the forefront of independent American thought.

Agnostic Book

Agnostic


  • Author : Lesley Hazleton
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-04-05
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698194472

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Agnostic Excerpt :

“Vital” –The New York Times Book Review “Provocative…[Hazleton] paddles the river of doubt with energy and exuberance.” –The Seattle Times A widely admired writer on religion celebrates agnosticism as the most vibrant, engaging—and ultimately the most honest—stance toward the mysteries of existence. One in four Americans reject any affiliation with organized religion, and nearly half of those under thirty describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” But as the airwaves resound with the haranguing of preachers and pundits, who speaks for the millions who find no joy in whittling the wonder of existence to a simple yes/no choice? Lesley Hazleton does. In this provocative, brilliant book, she gives voice to the case for agnosticism, breaks it free of its stereotypes as watered-down atheism or amorphous “seeking,” and celebrates it as a reasoned, revealing, and sustaining stance toward life. Stepping over the lines imposed by rigid conviction, she draws on philosophy, theology, psychology, science, and more to explore, with curiosity and passion, the vital role of mystery in a deceptively information-rich world; to ask what we mean by the search for meaning; to invoke the humbling yet elating perspective of infinity; to challenge received ideas about death; and to reconsider what “the soul” might be. Inspired and inspiring, Agnostic recasts the question of belief not as a problem to be solved but as an invitation to an ongoing, open-ended adventure of the mind.

How To Be An Agnostic Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

How To Be An Agnostic


  • Author : Mark Vernon
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2016-04-30
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN 10 : 9780230301443

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How To Be An Agnostic Excerpt :

The authentic spiritual quest is marked not by certainties but by questions and doubt. Mark Vernon who was a priest, and left an atheist explores the wonder of science, the ups and downs of being 'spiritual but not religious', the insights of ancient philosophy, and God the biggest question.

The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality


  • Author : André Comte-Sponville
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 10 : 0670018473

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The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality Excerpt :

Poses an argument for living a spiritual life that is not dependent on religion, explaining that an acceptance of philosophical spiritual traditions and values does not require practitioners to embrace the existence of a higher order.

The Portable Atheist Book
Score: 3.5
From 21 Ratings

The Portable Atheist


  • Author : Christopher Hitchens
  • Publisher : Da Capo Press
  • Release Date : 2007-12-10
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780306817229

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Christopher Hitchens's personally curated New York Times bestselling anthology of the most influential and important writings on atheism, including original pieces by Salman Rushdie and Ian McEwan From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of God Is Not Great, a provocative and entertaining guided tour of atheist and agnostic thought through the ages--with never-before-published pieces by Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever gathering of the influential voices--past and present--that have shaped his side of the current (and raging) God/no-god debate. With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide, you'll be led through a wealth of philosophy, literature, and scientific inquiry, including generous portions of the words of Lucretius, Benedict de Spinoza, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, George Eliot, Bertrand Russell, Emma Goldman, H. L. Mencken, Albert Einstein, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and many others well-known and lesser known. And they're all set in context and commented upon as only Christopher Hitchens--"political and literary journalist extraordinaire" (Los Angeles Times)--can. Atheist? Believer? Uncertain? No matter: The Portable Atheist will speak to you and engage you every step of the way.

Beyond Belief Book
Score: 5
From 3 Ratings

Beyond Belief


  • Author : Joe C
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2013-01
  • Genre: Substance abuse
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN 10 : 0988115700

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Rebellion Dogs Publishing is proud to announce a 21st century daily reflection book. Beyond Belief's 2014 second printing is now available with a Foreword by Ernie Kurtz and updated links and End Notes. What are "agnostic musings"? It is not news to anyone that the war of worldviews makes for sporting debate; does an intervening God grant sobriety, serenity, wisdom and courage or is conscious contact a delusion? Sorry, while we might be as amused as anyone with this question, Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life doesn't enter this debate. Hate the game; don't hate the players. A good idea is a good idea. Why dismiss valid experience because of the beliefs that someone harbors? Beliefs aren't facts. Beyond our belief is where life is happening: chances have to be taken; processes have to be evaluated; life has to be lived. Atheists, humanists, skeptics and agnostics will feel included in these daily reflections. Believers won't feel mocked or belittled. Everyone in recovery is included. No one needs to adopt the beliefs of someone else nor deny our own beliefs to get clean and sober. Believing and belonging are not synonymous. We are well into Century 21. Anyone should feel free to doubt or believe with impunity. Everyone's experience is a valid currency. The 12 Step community has no experts. Rebellion Dogs Publishing neither canonizes nor vilifies 12 Step culture. This book draws on philosophy, psychology, entertainment, art, spiritual musings, skeptical inquiry and the uncanny wisdom of the rooms. Professional and 12&12 Member reviews: Melissa D., Clinical Psychologist, California says, "I have never seen a daily devotional book written for agnostics. I found the readings to be extremely thought provoking. I wonder sometimes since there is such talk about God at meetings, what kind of turn-off that must be for agnostics. I think this book will be very helpful to both the newcomer and the mature 12 Step member." Bob K, contributor to AAagnositca.org says

The Great Agnostic Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

The Great Agnostic


  • Author : Susan Jacoby
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-01-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300188929

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“Jacoby writes with wit and vigor, affectionately resurrecting a man whose life and work are due for reconsideration” (The Boston Globe). During the Gilded Age, which saw the dawn of America’s enduring culture wars, Robert Green Ingersoll was known as “the Great Agnostic.” The nation’s most famous orator, he raised his voice on behalf of Enlightenment reason, secularism, and the separation of church and state with a power unmatched since America’s revolutionary generation. When he died in 1899, even his religious enemies acknowledged that he might have aspired to the US presidency had he been willing to mask his opposition to religion. To the question that retains its controversial power today—was the United States founded as a Christian nation?—Ingersoll answered an emphatic no. In this provocative biography, Susan Jacoby, 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 an indispensable public figure who devoted his life to that greatest secular idea of all—liberty of conscience belonging to the religious and nonreligious alike. “Jacoby’s goal of elucidating the life and work of Robert Ingersoll is admirably accomplished. She offers a host of well-chosen quotations from his work, and she deftly displays the effect he had on others. For instance: after a young Eugene V. Debs heard Ingersoll talk, Debs accompanied him to the train station and then—just so he could continue the conversation—bought himself a ticket and rode all the way from Terre Haute to Cincinnati. Readers today may well find Inger

To Be an Agnostic Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

To Be an Agnostic


  • Author : James Kirk Wall
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2009-08-14
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440166570

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To Be an Agnostic Seeking knowledge, truth and wisdom through the philosophy of agnosticism Chicago Todays America seems to split in two opposing parties: those who feel religion is under attack, and those who feel religion is unjustly pushing itself into secular life. While many books exist that either promote or bash religion, few book explore religion and spirituality from a neutral, agnostic standpoint. Author James Kirk Wall, an agnostic himself, set out to fill this void with his new book, To Be an Agnostic. To Be an Agnostic neither endorses nor opposes religion. Rather, Mr. Wall takes his readers on a journey of intellectual exploration, using both ancient and modern philosophers to explain the greater meaning of life. The book teaches: an agnostic approach to problem solving solid foundations of learning and obtaining knowledge argumentation techniques decision making skills religious tolerance how to face the issue of death and dying promoting opportunity, freedom and justice Ultimately, this book promotes simplicity as the essence of truth, says author James Wall. Morality and ethics are regarded above all else. We must know what is good, promote what is good, and defend what is good. To Be an Agnostic includes insight and words of wisdom from great philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle and Socrates, Eastern philosophers Confucius and Lao Tzu, Americas Founding Fathers, U.S. presidents, military commanders, religious figures, activists, celebrities, heroes and well-known agnostic thinkers such as Thomas Huxley. Without attacking or dismissing religion or faith, the book frames agnosticism as a modern bridge between religion and atheism. Readers, whether religious or not, will enjoy the opportunity to expand their horizons and increase their understanding of alternate viewpoints as it relates to matters of faith or lack thereof.

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist


  • Author : Stephen Batchelor
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2010-03-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781588369840

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Confession of a Buddhist Atheist Excerpt :

Does Buddhism require faith? Can an atheist or agnostic follow the Buddha’s teachings without believing in reincarnation or organized religion? This is one man’s confession. In his classic Buddhism Without Beliefs, Stephen Batchelor offered a profound, secular approach to the teachings of the Buddha that struck an emotional chord with Western readers. Now, with the same brilliance and boldness of thought, he paints a groundbreaking portrait of the historical Buddha—told from the author’s unique perspective as a former Buddhist monk and modern seeker. Drawing from the original Pali Canon, the seminal collection of Buddhist discourses compiled after the Buddha’s death by his followers, Batchelor shows us the Buddha as a flesh-and-blood man who looked at life in a radically new way. Batchelor also reveals the everyday challenges and doubts of his own devotional journey—from meeting the Dalai Lama in India, to training as a Zen monk in Korea, to finding his path as a lay teacher of Buddhism living in France. Both controversial and deeply personal, Stephen Batchelor’s refreshingly doctrine-free, life-informed account is essential reading for anyone interested in Buddhism.

The Christian Agnostic Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Christian Agnostic


  • Author : Leslie D. Weatherhead
  • Publisher : Legacy
  • Release Date : 2019-10
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 1426754337

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The Christian Agnostic Excerpt :

Is it more important to follow Jesus, or to believe all the right doctrines about him? Is it better to forgive people than to judge them? Why do we find Jesus so much more appealing than those who call themselves his disciples? If you've asked these questions, you're not alone; people have been struggling with them for years. Leslie Weatherhead was one of those people. A famous preacher and teacher, he nonetheless worried that Jesus' radical message about loving and accepting others had become buried under a mountain of doctrines and rituals. And so Weatherhead wrote The Christian Agnostic for people who wanted to cut to the heart of the message of Jesus. This classic book looks at the gospel's most essential truths about who God is and how God loves us. It then helps the reader distinguish these truths from all the theological baggage the church has attached to them over the years. If you're searching for an authentic way to understand who Jesus is and how to follow him in today's world, The Chirstian Agnostic is an indispensable guide for your journey.