• By freethinking I mean the use of the understanding in endeavoring to find out the meaning of any proposition whatsoever, in considering the nature of the evidence for or against, and in judging of it according to the seeming force or weakness of the evidence.

    Anthony Collins (1713). “A Discourse of Free-thinking: Occasion'd by the Rise and Growth of a Sect Call'd Free-thinkers ...”, p.10
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