- n. Plural form of freethinker.
“My family were "freethinkers" -- and my concept of God was as a kind of Life Force, an energy which runs through all things and knits them together with Love.”
“The deists were what nowadays would be called freethinkers, a name, indeed, by which they were not infrequently known; and they can only be classed together wholly in the main attitude that they adopted, viz. in agreeing to cast off the trammels of authoritative religious teaching in favour of a free and purely rationalistic speculation.”
“Humanity, as it is fashioned in the dreams of those who desire to be called freethinkers, may with the lips deny the Bible and its work; but humanity can never deny it in its heart, without the sacrifice of the best that it contains, faith in unity and hope for justice, and without a relapse into the mythology and the "might makes right" of thirty centuries ago.”
“Now, some nontheists - an umbrella term that includes atheists, humanists, skeptics and other "freethinkers" - say the trend may be changing.”
“Let us not imagine, like some who are called freethinkers, that every man, who can think and judge for himself, as he has a right to do, has therefore a right of speaking, any more than of acting, according to the full freedom of his thoughts.”
“Practically all of them seem firmly committed to material naturalism, some judging by the events and speakers they host appear to be, for want of a better term, hardcore dogmatic atheists, and nowhere near 'freethinkers'.”
“PZ Myers noted that it would've been nice if he'd used "freethinkers" instead of "nonbelievers", but I'll take what I can get.”
“These were two sects among the Jews: of which the former were for the most part notorious hypocrites; the latter, a kind of freethinkers in matters of religion.”
“So, when "freethinkers" tell us that religion and fanaticism are twins, we cannot make an unqualified denial of the charge.”
“And do you know I find a curious lack of originality among so-called 'freethinkers'; in fact their thoughts can hardly be designated as 'free' when they all run in such extremely narrow grooves of similitude -- a flock of sheep mildly trotting under the guidance of the butcher to the slaughterhouse could not be more tamely alike in their bleating ignorance as to where they are going.”
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