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Letters from an Atheist Nation: Godless Voices of America in 1903

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In 1903, the "Blue Grass Blade," a Kentucky/Ohio-based freethought newspaper, asked its readers to explain why they were atheists.

Hundreds of readers responded; not merely letters from scientists, scholars, or intimidating intelligentsia but personal revelations from physicians, lawyers, dentists, veterans, pioneers, settlers, farmers, tradespeople, teenagers, and housewiv
Paperback, First Edition, 350 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by CreateSpace (Self-Publishing) (first published September 25th 2011)
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Naomi V
i enjoyed this collection of atheist/agnostic/freethinker letters. the best part of the book, to me, was the beginning, with its bio of Charles Chilton Moore, a Kentuckian who was the publisher of the Blue Grass Blade, which published the letters. he was an outspoken man with firm convictions that frequently got him into trouble. “godly” folks tried many times to jail him for his beliefs (succeeding at least once.) one he was charged with mailing indecent material through the postal service for ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the growth in people coming out as atheist / non-believers these days and the higher profile that our section of society is garnering, we sometimes forget that there are many who have walked this road before us. This book is a reminder that we are not the first. Whilst it is always great to hear from Dawkins, Hitchens and going back further Russell and Ingersoll, to me these are the real voices. The voices that could be our grandfathers, uncles and ourselves. And for me that alone would be ...more
Karol Gajda
Oct 09, 2013 Karol Gajda rated it really liked it
This is a collection of letters sent to a small newspaper called the Blue Grass Blade after a request for essays entitled, "Why I am an atheist."

I can't imagine how difficult it could have been to be a public atheist in 1903. From 14 year old girls to 80-something year old men, the responses here are broad and revealing. I'm especially happy to see how clear thinking people were at a time when they didn't have immediate access to the swathes of information we have today. It's even more potent wh
Aug 18, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it
An interesting look into the reality of atheism during the beginning of 20th century America. Some of the submitted letters are profound, poetic, and offer a unique perspective on trite arguments, while others are repetitively dull. Overall though, this compendium proves that "New" Atheism is nothing of the sort — nonbelievers have always existed, and always will.
Mar 28, 2014 John rated it liked it
A unique book that proves the "New Atheism" isn't so new. The letters are repetitive but with occasional flashes of brilliance. The contextual notes and bibliographies were helpful and useful.
Sep 19, 2013 Ken rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed these stories and was particularly moved that there was a good story from my state... Minnesota, Blue Earth.
Jan 26, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This, now finished, will be a book to dip into time and again. Highly recommended.
Dec 10, 2013 Jaren rated it it was amazing
amazing perspectives from another time
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Tom Lawson lives in British Columbia, Canada. After a few years of making movies and TV shows in the BC film industry, he switched to the glamorous life of full-time dad to two kids and a pug. When he's not writing, he volunteers at his kids' school library and is a part-time eulogist.
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