The First Atheist Blogger?

That’s what VorJack dubs Charles Chilton Moore, who in 19th Century Kentucky started up a newspaper called The Bluegrass Blade. The Blade‘s tagline proclaimed it was “edited by a Heathen in the interest of Good Morals” (which was 19th Century speak for “ejaculations from a godless liberal”). Vorjack has a sample of his work, the proto-atheist-blogger merits of which you can assess for yourself. You can also read the chilling blasphemy which brought Moore jail time in that theocratic country, the United States of America. Moore even wrote a book which you can presently find used.

Personally, I still hold to my view that Nietzsche was the first atheist blogger.

Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Mike de Fleuriot

    The Freethinker was founded in 1881 by GW Foote, an outspoken critic of religion. After the publication of irreligious cartoons in the 1882 Christmas edition, Foote was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to 12 months hard labour. Despite this setback the magazine has remained in print ever since.

    http://freethinker.co.uk/

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Letters-from-an-Atheist-Nation/252536341450603 Tom Lawson

    The Blade was actually the first and only (I think) Prohibition-based freethought newspaper back then. He died before the Christian ladies took over the movement, otherwise he might have changed his tune.


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