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- n. The principles of a freethinker; free thought
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- n. Undue boldness of speculation; unbelief.
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- n. the doctrine that reason is the right basis for regulating conduct
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Now, I've often thought that where "freethinking" is concerned the old maxim "You Get What You Pay For" applies.
Or would you say "The people have decided, deal with it."? although I do not share your worldview and have serious reservations with the term freethinking as well as some of the movements biggest unofficial spokespersons (Harris,
My evidence for my own freethinking is that I don't buy into either the whole liberal agenda or the whole "con" agenda either.
These attempts to extend the influence of what was called freethinking and philosophy, were carried on, as we have hinted, with a caution dictated by the timidity of the philosopher's disposition.
Between them lie many phases of opinion generally labelled "freethinking," which regard the life-story as partly legendary and partly historical, but offer no definite and rational method of interpretation, no adequate explanation of the complex whole.
Yet men talked as if, somehow or other, the cause of 'freethinking' had gained great moral support from the conversion of a bishop, though, if the rumour had been true, their new convert had for years past been guilty of the basest fraud of which a man is capable.
They do call it "freethinking" for a reason you know.
These attempts to extend the influence of what was called freethinking and philosophy, were carried on, as we have hinted, with a caution dictated by the timidity of the philosopher’s disposition.
I surveyed and interviewed several members of secular humanist campus groups around North America and asked questions dealing with their religious background, their current religious identification, their thoughts on freethinking and atheism, their reasons for founding or joining the secular campus group, their group activities, as well as their objectives and challenges as a student group.
Outside of those two things, the rest of my life is just atheism/skeptic/freethinking groups.