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2014-05-12
May 12: Florence Nightingale

"I am so glad that my God is not the God of the High Church or of the Low," said Nightingale. She despised the churches and was an advanced Rationalist.

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2014-05-11
May 11: Richard P. Feynman

“God was invented to explain mystery,” says Feynman. “Now, when you finally discover how something works, you don't need him anymore.”

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2014-05-07
May 7: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“I have found some astonishing answers to my questionings as to God and religion in [Flaubert’s] book,” wrote Tchaikovsky. Flaubert was an Atheist.

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2014-05-07
May 7: David Hume

Boswell reported that whenever Hume “heard a man was religious, he concluded that he was a rascal.”

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2014-05-07
May 7: Johannes Brahms

“For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts, as the one dieth, so dieth the other; … so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast,” quoted Brahms.

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2014-05-06
May 6: George Clooney

"I don't believe in Heaven and Hell. I don't know if I believe in God. All I know is that as an individual, I won't allow this life – the only thing I know to exist – to be wasted."

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2014-05-04
May 4: Horace Mann

Mann believed in an impersonal God but rejected immortality. The Dictionary of American Biography described him as "a Puritan without a theology."

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2014-05-04
May 4: Thomas Henry Huxley

Huxley invented the term agnostic to describe his view that the mind cannot reach realities beyond the senses. He disdained Christian doctrines.

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2014-05-03
May 3: Steven Weinberg (1933)

It was on this date, May 3, 1933 that American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg was born in New York City. Weinberg earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1954, studied for a year at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, then completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Princeton University in 1957. […]

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2014-04-26
April 26: Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (121) It was on this date, April 26, year 121, the 16th Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was born Marcus Annius Verus, the son of Annius Verus and nephew of Emperor Antoninus Pius, who adopted him in 138. He became consul in 140, held various public offices between 140 and 161 and, as […]

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January 9: Dave Matthews (1967)

"It would be safe to say that I'm agnostic." Matthews says. "I think it's very ignorant to say, 'Well, for everything, God has a plan.'"



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