Saturday, April 21, 2012

George Holyoake, coined the term "secularism"

George Holyoake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

George Holyoake
Holyoake nevertheless underwent six months imprisonment [convicted of blasphemy], and the editorship of the Oracle changed hands. After the Oracle closed at the end of 1843, Holyoake founded a more moderate paper, The Movement, which survived until 1845. Holyoake then established the Reasoner, where he developed the concept of secularism.
I use the word quite a bit, but it didn't occur to me until today that I didn't know when it was coined. Now, I do.

And since I'm not familiar with Harriet Martineau, off I go to learn a little about that most intrepid thinker ...

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