freethinker definition

  • noun:
    • person who has actually denied authority and dogma, particularly in spiritual thinking, in support of rational query and conjecture.
    • an individual who has actually formed their particular views utilizing explanation and rational enquiry; anyone who has declined dogma, particularly with regard to religion.
    • a person who speculates or types viewpoints separately of expert of other individuals; esp., inside world or religion, a person who forms views individually associated with authority of revelation or for the church; an unbeliever; -- a phrase believed by deists and skeptics into the eighteenth century.
    • One who is not directed into the formation of his philosophy by obedience to authority, but submits the claims of expert to reason because the ultimate arbiter.
    • Synonyms Unbeliever, Skeptic, etc. See infidel.
    • someone who feels that God created the universe then abandoned it

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