Tuesday, November 24, 2009


The word “free thought” is now commonly used to express the result of the revolt of the mind against the pressure of external authority in any department of life or speculation. It will be sufficient now to state, that the cognate term, free thinking, was appropriated by Collins early in the last century to express Deism.

It differs from the modern term free thought, both in being restricted to religion, and in conveying the idea rather of the method than of its result, the freedom of the mode of inquiry rather than the character of the conclusions attained; but the same fundamental idea of independence and freedom from authority is implied in the modern term. Quoted from History of Free Thought in Reference to The Christian Religion by Adam Storey Farrar.

Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that opinions should be formed on the basis of science, logic, and reason, and should not be influenced by authority, tradition, or any other dogma. The cognitive application of freethought is known as freethinking, and practitioners of freethought are known as freethinkers.

History of the term "freethinker"

As it was written in our manifest,
we choose to be free,
so we think free