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  • n. Plural form of freethinker.


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  • 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.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • 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.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11

  • Now, some nontheists - an umbrella term that includes atheists, humanists, skeptics and other "freethinkers" - say the trend may be changing. News

  • 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.

    Letters to Sir William Windham and Mr. Pope

  • 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'.

    Neither Skepticism Nor Faith

  • 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.

    Thumbs up for Obama

  • 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.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Book 47: Matthew The Challoner Revision

  • So, when "freethinkers" tell us that religion and fanaticism are twins, we cannot make an unqualified denial of the charge.

    The Varieties of Religious Experience

  • 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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