Secularism and the cultures of nineteenth-century scientific naturalism

@article{Rectenwald2012SecularismAT,
  title={Secularism and the cultures of nineteenth-century scientific naturalism},
  author={Michael Rectenwald},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={46},
  pages={231 - 254}
}
Abstract This essay examines Secularism as developed by George Jacob Holyoake in 1851–1852. While historians have noted the importance of evolutionary thought for freethinking radicals from the 1840s, and others have traced the popularization of agnosticism and Darwinian evolution by later Victorian freethinkers, insufficient attention has been paid to mid-century Secularism as constitutive of the cultural and intellectual environment necessary for the promotion and relative success of… Expand
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