Smith explains the role of the Catholic Church in the French government, and how Meslier reconciled his atheism with his role as a priest.
George H. Smith
George H. Smith was formerly Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for Humane Studies, a lecturer on American History for Cato Summer Seminars, and Executive Editor of Knowledge Products. Smith's fourth and most recent book, The System of Liberty, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.
Smith explains some of the libertarian ideas of Jean Meslier, the notorious atheist-priest.
Smith explains the fundamentals of Spinoza’s theory of rights and government.
Smith explains why Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise became one of the most scandalous books ever published.
Smith explains Bacon’s defense of certainty and his contributions to a secular worldview.
Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.
Smith explains the political implications of the deistic repudiation of special revelation and miracles.
Smith explains the controversial arguments of the deist John Toland, as defended in Christianity not Mysterious.
Smith explains the basic tenets of deism and why it posed a political threat.
Smith explains the origins of deism and its basic ideas.
Smith explores Shaftesbury’s defense of ridicule and satire in matters of religion.
Smith explains the similarities between medieval heresy and our modern notion of treason against the state.
Augustine argued that religious persecution was justified when done in the interest of the salvation of those persecuted.
Smith continues his discussion of the arguments in Can Abolitionists Vote or Take Office under the United States Constitution?
Smith explores the indispensable role of value commitments in our quest for knowledge.
Smith resumes his discussion of whether beliefs per se can be immoral.
Smith discusses Kant’s attempt to justify objective moral principles and his views on when the use of coercion is morally proper.
Smith explains Meslier’s three major objections to Christian morality, as taught by Jesus.