The atheism debate 17801800

Be it therefore for the future remembered, that in London in the kingdom of England, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-one, a man has publickly declared himself an atheist. This declaration was made by someone calling himself William Hammon, introducing a pamphlet called Answer to Dr Priestley's Letters to a Philosophical Unbeliever, Part I (1782).1 An unpacking of some of its context will help to set out the terms on which an 'atheism debate' was initiated in...