Pittige atheïst Susan Jacoby geeft leestips voor vrijdenkers en atheïsten


The Washington Post gaf vandaag ruimte aan 'the spirited atheist' Susan Jacoby om een aantal in de zomer te lezen boeken voor ongelovigen aan te bevelen. Zie hier.

Onder de tien tips zitten twee boeken vanRebecca Newberger Goldstein. Haar laatste boek, 36 Arguments for The Existence of God: A Work of Fiction (2009), en Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity (2006)


Susan Jacoby is vooral bekend van Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism [Metropolitan Books, 2004].

Christopher Hitchens over dit boek: The great virtue of Susan Jacoby's book is that it succeeds so well in its own original intent: showing that secularism, agnosticism and atheism are as American as cherry pie. Indeed, this is the first and only country to adopt a Constitution that specifically excludes all reference to a higher power. (I say "specifically" because those meeting in Philadelphia did consider, and did decisively reject, any such reference.) Many were the bishops and preachers of the time who warned that God would punish such profanity, but many were the preachers who said the same about the Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom, which did no more than state that no citizen could be obliged to pay for the upkeep of a church in which he did not believe.