Reminder: Discussion on Tuesday with Andrew Seidel about his new book on the secular origins of America

June 8, 2019 • 9:45 am

If you’re in Chicago on Tuesday, remember that I will be having a discussion at the University of Illinois at Chicago with Andrew Seidel, a constitutional attorney for the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and author of the new book below on the secular origins of America. The time and place are in the announcement, it’s free, and Andrew will be signing books after our talk.

I’ve read the book twice, it’s good, and I’ve outlined some questions for Andrew. I just now saw the bit on the poster about “Emphasis will also be placed on whether science and religion can be compatible”, which I hadn’t planned on discussing since that’s my schtick and not Andrew’s, but maybe we’ll work that in. (My job is to draw out Andrew and have him talk about and around his book.)

If you’re coming, and I hope some readers will, I’ll see you there.

14 thoughts on “Reminder: Discussion on Tuesday with Andrew Seidel about his new book on the secular origins of America

  1. Sadly I’m a few thousand km (or miles) away. I would have loved to be able to be there.
    Is the discussion going to be ‘videoed’? Or if not, will there be a transcript?

  2. I probably won’t make it to Chicago next Tues., but I wanted PCCE to know that I have both joined FFRF and bought Mr. Seidel’s book. Am three-fourths the way through ‘The Founding Myth’ and am finding it highly readable and authoritative in a scholarly way. Thanks, WEIT!

  3. Andrew Seidel was in Greenville, SC about 2-1/2 weeks ago and gave a talk. The room was packed and there were people left standing along the walls. I recently ordered his book but haven’t started it yet.

  4. In a similar vein is:
    “Religious Right Harms Us All―and What We Can Do about It”
    by Sean Faircloth, Bangor, Maine, USA

    More about him here:

    I went to his talk on that topic in Western Australia in April 2013.

  5. I hope there is wide publicity for this event. I’m looking forward to the video/audio or anyo.

  6. I would be interested in the Founding Fathers and their ideas on secular government. A second question, if appropriate what were the beliefs of Jefferson, Madison, and Franklin?
    I’ve heard the author of Young Ben Franklin say he left Boston partly because his religious views were unpopular with the devout.

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