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Monuments to Unbelief

posted on October 26, 2017

For Aeon, the John C. Danforth Center’s own Leigh E. Schmidt writes about symbols of secularism, which aim to counter religion in public life. Schmidt writes that there is a deep history of creating monuments among nonbelievers and atheists: “They wanted to enshrine their commitment to scientific rationality over biblical revelation, their strict construction of church-state separation, and their worldly focus on human happiness in the here and now.” He adds, “Atheists and nonbelievers have also launched new congregational ventures – most prominently, the Sunday Assembly and Oasis – in several cities across the country, and humanist chaplaincies have flowered on a number of college campuses to afford a community for openly secular students.”

Read at Aeon