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A fascinating study of America's first culture war, one that in many ways has continued to this day. Includes profiles of six "rational infidels,": Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Ethan Allen, Thomas Paine, Elihu Palmer, and Philip Freneau.
Kerry Walters is the William Bittinger Chair of Philosophy at Gettysburg College. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Benjamin Franklin and His Gods and Atheism: A Guide for the Perplexed. His scholarly articles have appeared in The Encyclopedia of American Religion as well as The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Franklin.
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|The "Age of Licentious Liberty": Deism in America||p. 15|
|The Ambivalent Deist: Benjamin Franklin||p. 51|
|The Frontier Deist: Ethan Allen||p. 87|
|The Iconoclastic Deist: Thomas Paine||p. 113|
|The Deistic Christian: Thomas Jefferson||p. 145|
|The Crusader for Deism: Elihu Palmer||p. 179|
|Deism's Poet: Philip Freneau||p. 213|
|Zion Restored: The Decline and Fall of American Deism||p. 245|
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