Icons of Unbelief: Atheists, Agnostics, and Secularists, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313347603
  • ISBN-13: 9780313347603
  • DDC: 211.70922
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 463 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released May 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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In the opinion of many critics and philosophers, we are entering an age of atheism marked by the waning of Christian fundamentalism and the flourishing of secular thought. Through alphabetically arranged entries written by expert contributors, this book profiles 27 iconic figures of unbelief whose ideas have shaped American society over the last 200 years. Included are entries on influential figures of the past, such as Albert Einstein and Voltaire, as well as on such contemporary figures as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. Each entry discusses the ideas and lasting significance of each person or group, provides sidebars of interesting information and illuminating quotations, and cites works for further reading.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
1: Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
2: Charles Bradlaugh.
3: Richard Dawkins.
4: Daniel C. Dennett.
5: John Dewey.
6: Albert Einstein.
7: The Existentialists.
8: The Founding Fathers.
9: Sigmund Freud.
10: Sam Harris.
11: Thomas Henry Huxley.
12: Robert G. Ingersoll.
13: Paul Kurtz.
14: Corliss Lamont.
15: H. P. Lovecraft.
16: H. L. Mencken.
17: John Stuart Mill.
18: Kai Nielsen.
19: Friedrich Nietzsche.
20: Madalyn Murray O'Hair.
21: The Philosophes.
22: Bertrand Russell.
23: Carl Sagan.
24: Leslie Stephen.
25: Mark Twain.
26: Gore Vidal.
27: Voltaire.
General Bibliography.
About the Contributors.