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2000 Years of Disbelief


2000 Years of Disbelief: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 – 1902)

The struggle for women's rights in America was launched largely by one brilliant, determined activist who waged the battle for a half century.

2000 Years of Disbelief: Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

Einstein's opposition to supernaturalism is clear in his personal writing and in testimony of his intimate friends.

2000 Years of Disbelief: Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

Russell's 1927 essay "Why I Am Not a Christian," became a classic refutation of supernaturalism.

2000 Years of Disbelief: Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

Jefferson wrote many attacks on the clergy, and was denounced as a "howling atheist", a "hardened infidel", and an "enemy of religion".

2000 Years of Disbelief: Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809)

Paine deemed Christianity and all other organised religions frauds sustained by priests and kings. This kept him in trouble much of his life.

2000 Years of Disbelief: Voltaire (1694 – 1778)

After attaining fame and wealth as a witty writer, Voltaire became a fierce crusader against cruelties of the church.

2000 Years of Disbelief: Margaret Sanger

She was jailed eight times, and lacked organised support, yet she never faltered in her determination to free women from perpetual pregnancy.

2000 Years of Disbelief: Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln rejected Christianity, never joined a church, and even wrote a treatise against religion. Such matters remain taboo in America.

2000 Years of Disbelief: Mark Twain

Twain's contempt and scorn for religion was kept secret for half a century after his death, lest it ruin his stature in Christian America.