Fayetteville Freethinkers Fayetteville Freethinkers
"Test all things; hold fast what is good."  1 Thess. 5:21
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Freethinker?

free-think-er n. A person who forms opinions about religion on the basis of reason, independently of tradition, authority, or established belief. -- Webster's New World Dictionary -- Third College Edition

free-think-er n. One who has rejected authority and dogma, especially in religious thinking, in favor of rational inquiry and speculation. –American Heritage

See also: http://ffrf.org/nontracts/freethinker.php.

Is Freethinking a recent phenomenon?

Not at all. People from throughout history — many of whom are renowned for their wisdom, intelligence, and impact — were freethinkers.

Some Famous Freethinkers
George Washington Mark Twain Albert Einstein
John Adams Charles Darwin Charles Dickens
John Quincy Adams Thomas Edison Bertrand Russell
Thomas Paine Sigmund Freud Katherine Hepburn
Thomas Jefferson Abraham Lincoln Carl Sagan
Benjamin Franklin James Madison Steve Allen

How many people are in your group?

We do not have a formal membership. As of 2016 we have over 450 people on our email list who have asked to receive notice of meetings and the occasional news update. Our monthly meetings are typically attended by 40-60 people.

How are you funded?

Small occasional donations. Our expenses are quite low. Turns out, freethinking doesn't really cost that much.

When did you start?

The Fall of 1998.

Do you have an official position on political issues?

No, Freethinkers do not have a particular political stance. However, since many of the issues that freethinkers are interested in involve science and religion, there is a tendency for freethinkers to have a preference for political positions that support science and have a good foundation in science over political positions that try to stifle, distort or censor good science, in favor of religion. It’s a safe bet that most freethinkers we associate with are against efforts by some to have government endorse religion, etc.

What's with the goat?

The mission of our little mascot "Belle" is to teach people about the atonement theory. You can read our tract on this here.

Do you take any guff?


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