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The Philosopher of Free Religion

Francis Ellingwood Abbot, 1836-1903


W. Creighton Peden

The Philosopher of Free Religion presents an intellectual biography of Francis E. Abbot (1836-1903). Abbot was a radical figure in the American free thought tradition. Chapters alternate between biographical periods and the philosophical and theological thought of each period. In the conclusion, an evaluation is presented of Abbot's contributions as a philosopher and member of the Metaphysical Club, in social philosophy, and in serving as the prophet of Free Religion.