Leigh Eric Schmidt is the Edward C. Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. His books include Restless Souls: The Making of American Spirituality and Heaven’s Bride: The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar, Sexologist, Martyr, and Madwoman.
“Schmidt’s rich, deep exploration of atheist thinkers in 19th-century America contextualizes questions pressing on American Christianity today.”
“For anyone interested in the birth, growth, and development of grassroots secularism in the United States this book is an absolute must.”
—Phil Zuckerman, Los Angeles Review of Books
"One of CHOICE’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2017"
“This well-written and lively text will be of interest to both scholars and more general readers with an interest in American irreligion.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The best history of nonbelievers in the United States.”
—Joseph Blankholm, Public Books