From the November, 2005 issue of Touchstone
Whig Wham by Kenneth B. McIntyre

Whig Wham

Freethinkers by Susan Jacoby

Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism
Metropolitan Books, 2004
(432 pages, $27.50, hardcover)

reviewed by Kenneth B. McIntyre

If, as the political philosopher Michael Oakeshott once said, the sin of the academic is always taking too long to make a point, the sin of the journalist is making a point without historical reflection or understanding. In her widely praised book Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, Susan Jacoby, a former journalist at The Washington Post and currently a freelance writer, declares that her intention is “to restore secularism, and its noble and essential contributions at . . .


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