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First Modern Atheists ??....
08-21-2011, 01:45 PM (This post was last modified: 08-21-2011 01:57 PM by Martinuk.)
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First Modern Atheists ??....
Try exploring their written works and history .

Seventeenth Century Atheists


Eighteenth Century Atheists

Paul-Henri Thiry, baron d'Holbach
Donatien Alphonse-Francois De Sade
Julien Offray de La Mettrie
Jean Meslier
David Hume

Nineteenth Century Atheists

Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach
Karl Marx
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Auguste Comte
David Friedrich Strauss
Charles Bradlaugh
Herbert Spencer
Thomas Henry Huxley

Twentieth Century Atheists

Francis Crick
Alfred Jules Ayer
Bertrand Russell
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov
Josef Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili
Ayn Rand
Sir Julian Huxley
John Leslie Mackie
Sigmund Freud
Jean-Paul Sartre
Jacques Monod

Contemporary Atheists

Richard Dawkins
Daniel Dennett
Sam Harris
Christopher Hitchens
Paul Kurtz
Lewis Wolpert
Steven Weinberg
Antony Flew

Depending on the history of atheism consulted, the interested reader can come away either with the impression that contemporary atheism has a long lineage stretching back through the atheists of the French Enlightenment, the Paduan Averroists of the sixteenth century, the middle ages and back to antiquity; or that it appears surprisingly late in history, no earlier than the mid seventeenth century.
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08-26-2011, 01:29 AM
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RE: First Modern Atheists ??....
A great American atheist that should be included in that list is Madalyn Murray O'Hair. She started the American Atheists and ended or at least helped end government sponsored prayer in public schools.

I wonder how many people in the last two thousand years would have claimed to be atheists if it wasn't so taboo (especially in the dark ages and other times where you could be murdered for such disbelief.)

Also, I know your post was only about modern atheists, but I wanted to point out that there have been atheists for as long as there have been theists. There were/are even whole tribes that have no religious beliefs or rituals.

My personal #1 reason that I don't like religion is because I like knowledge! And Religion suppresses knowledge; not just the knowledge unfortunately, but it suppresses the entire drive to understand.
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