challenging religious privilege in public life



Why the Catholic Church has survived for 2000 years

What distinguishes the tyranny of the Catholic Church is its explanation of its actions in terms of "virtue".

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.

Why Does the World Exist?

Jim Holt’s book, "Why Does the World Exist?", tackles the question that Martin Heidegger characterized as the greatest in all philosophy.

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.