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Thinking on Sunday: Ernestine Rose and T.H. Huxley on Atheism

Bill Cooke on Ernestine Rose and Atheism.

Ernestine Rose gave an address on atheism in 1861 that should be remembered as a major milestone in the development of the movement.

How did this remarkable woman arrive at such a contemporary-sounding understanding of atheism a century and a half ago? How vulnerable is she to the standard criticisms of atheism? And what can we learn from her today?

Bill Cooke is a historian of atheism and humanism. Among his books are The Blasphemy Depot, the centennial history of the Rationalist Association, A Rebel to His Last Breath, a biography of Joseph McCabe, a Dictionary of Atheism, Skepticism and Humanism, and A Wealth of Insights: Humanist Thought Since the Enlightenment. He teaches philosophy and religious studies at Priestley College in Warrington.


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Date and Time:

24 September 2017 at 11:00 am


1 hour 30 minutes



Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
0207 242 8034

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