CFS Fall 2019
Founding Freethinker: Thomas Paine in Our Age of Un-Reason
Friend to Thomas Jefferson, fiend to most everyone else, Thomas Paine (1737-1809) set a fire under the American Revolution before enflaming another revolution in Religion. This forgotten founder was also a radical freethinker, raising questions we are still wrestling with today.
With The Age of Reason as our primary text we will discover the true roots of religious freedom in America and address the persistent myth that the republic was founded on one faith, or faith itself.
Instructor: Chris Highland
Week One: The Forgotten Freethinking Founder
Week Two: The Age of Reason: Part One
Week Three: Part One—continued
Week Four: The Age of Reason: Part Two
Week Five: Part Two—continued
Week Six: Paine in an age of un-reason
Too much a freethinker for his country? (The Sharpened Quill)
Freethought Pioneers (American Humanist Association)