LISTEN: Godless in Missouri


What happens to a town founded explicitly to reject Christianity?

In 1880, freethinking attorney George Walser tried a new experiment in the American heartland -- a community dedicated against Christianity, "the only town of its size in the world without a priest, preacher, saloon, God or hell." In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast, we'll tell the story of Liberal, Missouri -- its founding, its confrontations with its Christian neighbors, and its ironic downfall.

We'll also puzzle over how a woman can suddenly be 120 miles away in just a few minutes.

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