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Lighting a candle in toxic air.
2011-02-16
February 16: Natalie Angier

“I'm an Atheist,” says Angier. “I don't believe in God, Gods, Godlets or any sort of higher power beyond the universe itself.... I'm convinced that the world as we see it was shaped by … evolution through natural selection.”

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2011-02-15
February 15: Jeremy Bentham

"The spirit of dogmatic theology poisons everything it touches," said Bentham. "There is no pestilence in a state like a zeal for religion, independent of morality."

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2011-02-15
February 15: Susan B. Anthony

"I was born a heretic," Anthony said. "I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows."

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2011-02-15
February 15: Galileo

"It vexes me when they [clerics] would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures," wrote Galileo, "and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment."

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2011-02-14
February 14: Teller

In a note to Donny and Marie Osmond, Penn wrote, 'There is no god,' and Teller wrote, 'He's right.'"

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2011-02-13
February 13: Religion and Education

The bishops fiercely resisted for thirty years the grant of any national subsidy for education, and for forty further years obstructed the demand for a national system.

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2011-02-12
February 12: Abraham Lincoln

"I knew Lincoln was an Infidel. I never heard that Lincoln changed his views. Sometimes Lincoln bordered on Atheism," said friend and political manager Colonel James H. Matheny.

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2011-02-12
February 12: Charles Darwin

In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an Atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God. I think that generally ... an Agnostic would be the more correct description of my state of mind.

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2011-02-11
February 11: Thomas Edison

I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. Proof! Proof! That is what I have always been after.

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2011-02-10
February 10: Charles Lamb

Lamb was a complete agnostic from 1801, and from 1829 he was no longer even a Unitarian.

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June 27: Augustus de Morgan

Augustus de Morgan was a Theist with an ethical appreciation of Christianity. He described himself as an "unattached Christian," and refused to join even the Unitarian Church.



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