Ep 61: Books for Secularists
Posted: Tue, 16 Nov 2021
Looking to explore the currents of thought behind secularism? Here are nine books to begin with.
In this episode, Emma Park and two guests discuss books that help contextualise Britain's secularist intellectual tradition, tracing a route through classical, Enlightenment, freethought, and humanist history. Each speaker proposes three books which, in their view, embody these interconnected currents of thought in one way or another, and which celebrate free speech and open enquiry.
Bob Forder is the National Secular Society's historian, and the great-great-grandson of Robert Forder, its first paid secretary.
Nine books for secularists, in order of publication:
– Edward Fitzgerald, Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (first edition 1859)
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