free from superstition

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There was no sign of superstition near, no crucifix or image to indicate a misguided reverence: the inhabitants were so free from superstition that they were in much less awe of the parson than of the overseer.
The former Cornell president can be dated or quaint, but more often his book is packed with astonishing, colorful, and, yes, inspiring accounts of the achievement we call the modern mind, formed as one discipline after another, from meteorology to sanitation, economics to philology, epistemology to medicine, pulled free from superstition.