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

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.


  1. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted June 8, 2019 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    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?

    • Posted June 8, 2019 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      Yes, I think it’s going to be videotaped by the FFRF; at least I gave permission for that.

      • Posted June 8, 2019 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

        Please let us know Jerry – I’d love to watch it too.

      • Mark R.
        Posted June 8, 2019 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

        Hopefully they’ll post it on their site.

  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 8, 2019 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Will some audio be posted post hoc?

    • rickflick
      Posted June 8, 2019 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

      Post haste.

  3. Robert Bray
    Posted June 8, 2019 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    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!

  4. Ken Pidcock
    Posted June 8, 2019 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Excellent book, and I’d love to hear Seidel talk about it with Professor Coyne.

  5. Blue
    Posted June 8, 2019 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    I adore this man / his work: Mr Seidel.

    Sadly I, too, am too far away distance –
    wise to attend next Tuesday evening’s affair.

    May Mr Seidel continue to thrive.
    May he, for himself o’course & in re his work w / particularly,
    exist withOUT threats upon his person.


  6. Posted June 8, 2019 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    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.

  7. Peter (Oz) Jones
    Posted June 8, 2019 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    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.

  8. rickflick
    Posted June 8, 2019 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

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

  9. Les Faby
    Posted June 9, 2019 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • Posted June 10, 2019 at 11:46 am | Permalink

      As far as I can tell, Jefferson and Franklin were deists. Madison I am not sure.

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