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Wed Dec 26, 2018, 05:10 PM

Doubt in 19th century America

Frances Wright, usually called Fanny, championed religious doubt. At 18, Fanny had a literary and philosophical club at which members delivered essays to one another. Fanny delivered one about Epicurus and Leontium, Epicurus's first female disciple, which was later published as A Few Days in Athens. In it she states, "To fear a being on account of his power is degrading; to fear him if he's good, ridiculous... I see no sufficient evidence of his existance; and to reason of its possibility I hold to be an idle speculation."
She was influenced by Utilitarianism, later called utopian socialism, famous for their schemes for a perfect community, including gender equality, free love, and free thought.


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Wed Dec 26, 2018, 06:36 PM

1. Appreciate these stories of doubt

nice to know that doubt has a history probably every bit as long as belief.

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Wed Dec 26, 2018, 07:00 PM

2. Thanks...

As I see it, as long as there has been belief there has been doubt. Doubt spurs on new beliefs as well as new conclusions depending on how you perceive it. If you think about it enough it becomes one of those philisophical conundrums.

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