Robert Ingersoll and American Secularism

Robert IngersollBill Moyers interviews Susan Jacoby about her new book, The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought.  Ingersoll (1833-1899), following in the line of Thomas Paine, was a powerful voice for secularism, agnosticism, and the separation of church and state. To honor his achievements and influence on American intellectual life, Harvard University sponsors The Ingersoll Lectures on Human Immortality.

Jacoby, a celebrated writer and leading voice of American secularism, is also the author of The Age of American Unreason (Pantheon Books, 2008) and Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism (Holt Paperbacks, 2004).

Susan Jacoby on Secularism and Free Thinking