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  Freethought - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Freethought is a philosophical doctrine that holds that beliefs should be formed on the basis of science and logical principles and not be comprised by authority, tradition or any other dogmatic or otherwise fallacious belief system that restricts logical reasoning.
The cognitive application of freethought is known as freethinking, and practitioners of freethought are known as freethinkers.
In philosophical Buddhism, freethought was advocated by the Buddha, e.g.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Freethought   (1337 words)

 Freethought, AH Eden
Freethought is the application of critical thinking and logic to all areas of human experience, and the rejection of supernatural and authoritarian beliefs.
Freethought is generally associated with scientific naturalism, or the preference for scientific explanations over religious and irrational pretext, where 'scientific' is taken to mean established methods of investigation such as observation, analysis, and empirical validation.
Freethought is not committed to any particular code of ethics, but many freethinkers endorse secular humanism because, they argue, it has been proven to be resilient to critical examination and because it satisfies the criteria of minimality and consistency (§1).
www.eden-study.org /freethought.html   (2447 words)

 Freethought - Freethinkers
Freethought has the objective of trying to form one's opinions independently of or unrestricted by tradition, authority, established belief, preconception, prejudice or any agenda that might compromise the free exercise of thought.
Freethought is itself concerned with values and ethics and so is after a logical understanding of the same manner of principles and beliefs that a religion affords.
At times Freethought is portrayed as nihilistic or "thinking whatever you want," but in the quest for an understanding of reality, the first step is often rebellion against established principles.
www.uwosh.edu /freethinkers/wiki/index.php?title=Freethought   (226 words)

 Examining Freethought
The term "freethought" came into existence in England toward the end of the seventeenth century, and the Oxford Dictionary notes that especially the deistic and other rejecters of Christianity claimed the "freethinker" designation at the beginning of the eighteenth century.
Freethought reasoning is not accompanied by an appetite for bringing others’ beliefs into conformity with it.
What we may not be cognizant of, however, is the extent to which their nonconforming freethought beliefs related to and resulted in the contributions for which we remember them.
www.teachingaboutreligion.com /Freethought/freethought_path.htm   (1353 words)

 Freethought Radio
A Freethought Radio audio reporter needs the ability to record from their home computer, project studio, or professional studio.
Freethought radio reserves the right to deny audio reports based on content and relevancy at any time.
The Freethought Radio audio reports will be combined with other audio reports and will be available for podcasting immediately upon submission.
www.freethoughtradio.com /submitaudio.html   (293 words)

 History of Freethought
It was a Christian view on a religious topic, not an atheistic pronouncement but, for its day and age, it was a freethought view, inasmuch as it went against the prevailing religious authorities' views and probably helped to pave the way for even more departures.
They are thoughts which perhaps we take for granted nowadays but in those days to think and preach such ideas was to be branded a freethinker and sometimes to have to suffer for it, as Ingersoll suffered at the hands of the superstitious in America.
So we have traced a long history of Freethought and Freethinkers through two and a half thousand years; not in a continuous unbroken line but in tenuous links drawn together by thinkers of one era who have inspired those of a later period.
www.atheistfoundation.org.au /history.htm   (2678 words)

 Larue Text: Freethought Across the Centuries
Gerald Larue’s book, Freethought Across the Centuries, is an adventure epic of human mortals struggling to increase their liberty, including the freedom to think creatively and critically.
Larue helps us understand that ours is the responsibility of conserving, generously transmitting, and perhaps rectifying the vast heritage into which we have all in various ways been immersed and by which we have been made into a fearsome and wondrous species.
Freethought Across the Centuries is published by the Humanist Press.
www.teachingaboutreligion.com /Freethought/freethought_text.htm   (790 words)

 Enlightenment Freethought   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Freethinking’s approach of validating beliefs, and justifying social institutions, on the basis of reason; and asserting the right of every person to hold beliefs in accord with their individual conscience, is the essential shift in attitude central to the social and political changes which culminated during the Enlightenment era, and shaped our modern world.
Preceding the freethought movement, during the height of the Catholic Church's religious monopoly in the 12th century, (Catholic is Latin for ‘Universal’), religious leaders such as St.
Anthony Collins was viewed as the champion of the freethought movement in 18th century England, and organizer of a group of freethinking philosophers which met regularly at the 'Grecian Coffee House' in London.
www.iserv.net /~merriman/freethgt.htm   (4467 words)

 The History of Freethought and Atheism
Many freethought publishers were in business; many freethought organizations flourished; many freethought lecturers spoke; many freethought books were written.
Although the so-called "Golden Age of Freethought" has passed, and such men as Robert G. Ingersoll, Charles Bradlaugh and George Jacob Holyoake are gone forever, there is no question that there has been and will be enough developments in the history of freethought and atheism in the twentieth century to stimulate the writing of books.
Some of the history of freethought and atheism has been chronicled, and such radical ideas as birth control, evolution, and the separation of church and state which originated with freethinkers have been popularly accepted.
www.positiveatheism.org /india/s1990c25.htm   (1903 words)

 Introduction to the RSSL
Freethought groups are collections of independently thinking individuals who happen to agree on issues that are important to them.
Freethought groups are the opposite of religious cults.
Freethought allows you to examine these ideas and come to your own conclusions.
freethought.mbdojo.com /intro.html   (766 words)

 Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia
The Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia's principal activity is to promote the Constitutional principle of separation of church and state and to educate the public on matters related to a nontheist lifestance.
The Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia is organized to serve as a local forum in which Freethinkers (nontheists) can meet, socialize, and exchange ideas.
The Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia is a 501(c)(3) educational organization, a chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and is a member of the Atheist Alliance, Inc.
www.fsgp.org   (216 words)

 Freethought Forum
Note that freethought is not the same as anarchy, no-thought, or random thought, despite what masquerades as freethought elsewhere on the Web.
While many organizations exist to promote freethought, few of these organizations offer an online space where members can learn about freethought, meet each other, and exchange ideas.
Freethought Forum is actively moderated, with an emphasis on intelligent discussion.
www.freethoughtforum.org   (344 words)

 Freethought Day | A Celebration of Reason, Freethought, and Church-State Separation
Sacramento's annual outdoor Freethought Day event is a tribute to freethought, liberty of conscience, naturalistic ethics, secular government, and civic values.
Freethought Day commemorates a decision that took place over 300 years ago in Massachusetts.
A Christian, nevertheless he declared that spectral evidence (supernaturalism) would no longer be admissible in court, and so the trials, due to lack of appropriate evidence, came to an end.
www.freethoughtday.org   (332 words)

 Wikinfo | Freethought
There are strong ties between the the word freethought and the terms atheism, heretic, skepticism, and both humanism and secular humanism, but these terms are not synonymous.
A precise definition is at best difficult, as freethought is defined differently by different persons.
For example, in principle, one could be a freethinker and simultaneously believe in the existence of a God, provided the basis for that belief was rational argument, rather than arguments from authority, tradition, or scripture.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Freethought   (273 words)

 Amazon.com: Freethought   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
there the continuing activity of freethought was met by an increasingly...
A grammar of freethought by Chapman Cohen (Unknown Binding - 1921)
Freethought Library Opens -- DFW Ethical Fellowship celebrates the grand opening of the Gipson Arnold Freethought Library on May 21.
www.amazon.com /s?ie=UTF8&search-alias=aps&keywords=Freethought&page=1   (601 words)

 Freethought Association of West Michigan - atheism, humanism, agnosticism, atheists, humanists, agnostics, skeptics, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Freethought Association of West Michigan provides a community for freethinkers to explore ideas from a rational, scientific, and non-theistic perspective.
A generous friend of Freethought has offered a $10,000 matching donation to help transition from our current $5,000 annual budget, to a $25,000 annual budget which includes hiring a part time assistant director.
Freethought eNews is the best way to get up-to-date information on Freethought Association activities, as well as other local, state, national, and international news of interest to freethinkers.
www.freethoughtassociation.org   (741 words)

 Atheist, Freethought & Humanist Books
Its major focus is on the freethought movement that was taking place during the 19th century, featuring essays by such social critics as Robert Ingersoll, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Twain, Carl Sandburg, and Langston Hughes.
This collection demonstrates the strong influence that humanism and freethought had in developing the history and ideals of fl intellectualism.
Examines the humanist and freethought tradition and celebrates those individuals who made possible the liberties we all enjoy today.
www.evolvefish.com /fish/ft_books.html   (4601 words)

 Freethought of the Day
"Freethought of the Day" is a daily freethought calendar brought to you courtesy of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, highlighting birthdates, quotes, and other historic tidbits.
If you would like to be placed on the "Daily Freethought" e-mail list to automatically receive the calendar notice, please click here.
This email service is limited to members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation or subscribers to Freethought Today.
www.ffrf.org /day/?sel=1&day=3&month=3   (488 words)

 Freethought Feminist
Freethought: thought unrestrained by deference to authority, especially in the areas of religion.
When Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and editor of Freethought Today, asked me to participate in the FFRF mini-conference in San Francisco, July 30 and 31, I hesitated, not because I didn't want to take part, but because she called me an activist.
I remembered my overwhelming response to freethought and feminist activism in the past, and contrasting my more low-key involvement now, I had trouble calling myself an activist.
www.rthoughtsrfree.org /feminist.htm   (8981 words)

 CONSTITUTION OF STUDENTS FOR FREETHOUGHT   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The purposes of our organization are: to promote the ideals of freethought on and off campus, and to educate/inform the public about what freethought is through discussions, forums, lectures, and debates.
The purposes and activities of our organization are lawful and are not in conflict with any university policies.
dedicated to promoting and defending reason, science and freedom of inquiry in education, and to the enhancement of freethought, skepticism, secularism, humanism, philosophical naturalism, rationalism, and atheism on college and high school campuses throughout North America and around the world.
www.uwsp.edu /stuorg/freethought/Constitution.htm   (924 words)

 The Freethought Trail
The birthplace museum of the famous orator, political speechmaker, and outspoken agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll is an anchor of West-Central New York's "Freethought Trail".
The Freethought Trail is a collection of locations in West-Central New York important to the history of Freethought.
Each site is described in words and in photographs, and directions are provided from one Freethought Trail location to another, so anyone who wants to can make their own path along the multitude of sites on the Trail!
www.freethought-trail.org   (289 words)

 Freethought Today
Freethought Today, the only freethought newspaper in North America, is published 10 times a year (with combined issues in January/February and June/July).
Edited by Annie Laurie Gaylor, Freethought Today covers timely news related to state/church separation and includes articles of interest to freethinkers.
A subscription to Freethought Today is included with a $40.00 yearly membership in the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. Back issues may be ordered as they last for $2 each from: Freethought Today, PO Box 750, Madison WI 53701.
www.ffrf.org /fttoday   (231 words)

 Equal Time for Freethought
Many in the Freethought community are committed to human rights and an ethical / moral life-stance that is secular --- not relying on religious dogmas or deities.
In fact, many of us believe that a vital part of achieving social progress will be freeing humanity from superstition and supernatural beliefs.
We plan to explore and represent the richly varied concerns of the Freethought community here in the New York City area and beyond.
www.njhn.org /etff.html   (578 words)

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