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Biographies of ancient and modern celebrated freethinkers PDF (1900) by Charles Bradlaugh

Biographies of ancient and modern celebrated freethinkers

Biographies of ancient and modern celebrated freethinkers


 Reprinted from an English work, entitled "Half-hours with the freethinkers."

In the following pages, appearing under the title of " Half- Hours with the Freethinkers," are collected in a readable form an abstract of the lives and doctrines of some of those who have stood foremost in the ranks of Freethought in all countries and in all ages; and we trust that our efforts to place in the hands of the poorest of our party knowledge of works and workers — some of which would otherwise be out of their reach — will be received by all in a favourable light. 

We shall, in the course of our publication, have to deal with many writers whose opinions widely differ from our own, and it shall be our care to deal with them justly and in all cases to allow them to utter in their own words their essential thinking.

We lay no claim to originality in the mode of treatment — we will endeavour to cull the choicest flowers from the garden, and if others can make a brighter or better bouquet, we shall be glad to have their assistance. 

We have only one object in view, and that is, the presenting of free and manly thoughts to our readers, hoping to in- duce like thinking in them, and trusting that noble work may follow noble thoughts. The Freethinkers we intend treating of have also been Free- Workers, endeavouring to raise men's minds from superstition and bigotry, and place before them a knowledge of the real.

 We have been the more inclined to issue the "Half- Hours with the Freethinkers" in consequence, not only of the difficulty which many have in obtaining the works of the Old Freethinkers but also as an effective answer to some remarks which have lately appeared in certain religious publications, implying a dearth of thought and thinkers beyond the pale of the Church. We wish all men to know that great minds and good men have sought truth apart from faith for many ages and that it is because few were prepared to receive them, and many united to crush them, their works are so difficult of access to the general mass at the present day.

Charles Bradlaugh was an English political activist and atheist. He founded the National Secular Society in 1866. In 1880, Bradlaugh was elected as the Liberal MP for Northampton
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