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definitions of freethinker

From: Marni H.
Sent on: Thursday, August 9, 2007 11:38 PM

Hey all,

At our July meetup, we briefly discussed finding a definition of “Freethinker” that would best suit our group.

 

Webster’s New World Dictionary, 1990 Edition: ‘One who forms his opinions about religion independently.’ (a little vague, maybe?)

 

Here’s a better one: freethinker n. One who has rejected authority and dogma, especially in his religious thinking, in favor of rational inquiry and speculation.

-The American Heritage Dictionary

 

And another, from Merriam-Webster online:

one who forms opinions on the basis of reason independently of authority; especially : one who doubts or denies religious dogma

 

But wait, there’s this also, from Cambridge online: someone who forms their own opinions and beliefs, especially about religion or politics, rather than just accepting what is officially or commonly believed and taught

 

And then there’s good ol’ wiki: Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that beliefs should be formed on the basis of science and logical principles and not be compromised by authority, tradition, or any other dogma. The cognitive application of freethought is known as freethinking, and practitioners of freethought are known as freethinkers

 

???

MARK

 


 

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