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2010-12-07
December 7: End of the Great Schism

If the supposedly perfect Supreme Being was right in 1965, was he wrong in 1054 — when both excommunication and faith were stronger?

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2010-12-06
December 6: Thomas Edison’s First Sound Recording

While Morse thanked God ("What hath God wrought?") for what the scientific work Hans Christian Oersted, Joseph Henry and Michael Faraday had wrought, the skeptical Edison credited the proper authorities.

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2010-12-05
December 5: President Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren (1782) It was on this date, December 5, 1782, that the 8th President of the United States (4 March 1837 - 4 March 1841), and the first US President born in the United States, Martin Van Buren, was born in New York. Of Dutch ancestry, he attended the Dutch Reformed Church. A […]

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2010-12-05
December 5: Monty Python's Flying Circus

Every sperm is sacred Every sperm is great If a sperm is wasted God gets quite irate.

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2010-12-04
December 4: Thomas Carlyle

Carlyle abandoned his Christian beliefs in 1818 after reading Gibbon. After further study... Carlyle gave up the Holy Ghost and immortality, as well, adopting a Pantheism like Goethe's.

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2010-12-04
December 4: Samuel Butler

Butler wrote, "Prayers are to men as dolls are to children. They are not without use and comfort, but it is not easy to take them very seriously."

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2010-12-03
Blasphemy – It Isn’t There

The following is a commentary in an ongoing series of “Reflections” by John Mill. John Mill is the radio persona of Ronald Bruce Meyer and can be heard on “American Heathen.” “The American Heathen” Internet radio broadcast is aired, live, on Friday nights from 7:00pm-10:00pm Central time on ShockNetRadio.com Blasphemy – It Isn’t There A […]

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2010-12-03
Jeremy’s Opinionated Introduction to Freethought part 3

This is a continuation from a previous posting Being a purist freethinker is EXTREMELY difficult, if not impossible. In my opinion you absolutely cannot be a 100% freethinker 100% of the time, and I normally do not speak in absolutes. Some may disagree with me, and I think that is fine. I am not one […]

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2010-12-03
It Isn’t There: Reflections on Blasphemy

The following is a commentary in an ongoing series of “Reflections” by John Mill. John Mill is the radio persona of Ronald Bruce Meyer and can be heard on “American Heathen.” The American Heathen” Internet radio broadcast is aired, live, on Friday nights from 7:00pm-10:00pm Central time on ShockNetRadio.com. It Isn’t There Reflections on Blasphemy […]

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2010-12-03
December 3: Joseph Conrad

"The ethical view of the universe involves us in so many cruel and absurd contradictions that I have come to suspect that the aim of creation cannot be ethical at all."

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January 11: William James

"My personal position is simple. I have no living sense of commerce with a God," said James. "Religion, in short, is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism."



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