American Unbelief from the Enlightenment to the New Atheism

  • Faculty: Leigh Eric Schmidt
  • Schedule: Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 4491

This seminar examines American freethinkers, secularists, humanists, and atheists from Tom Paine and Ernestine Rose through Madalyn Murray O’Hair and Sam Harris. Topics emphasized include: church-state relations; social radicalism and women’s rights; secular versus Christian imaginings of the nation; and the recent flourishing of the new atheists and religious “Nones.”