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2010-11-29
November 29: Religious Toleration

"On no account should the church allow infidels to have power over the faithful or to be set above them in any way. ... The church is above the state ... kings must be subject to priests." (Thomas Aquinas)

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2010-11-27
November 27: The First Crusade

Rude-but-obvious questions are not encouraged, such as: Why did God allow the Muslim Turks to take control of Palestine in the first place? And: Why couldn't the Pope ask God, rather than soldiers, to liberate the holy lands?

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2010-11-26
November 26: The First Thanksgiving

The three days of feasting, dancing, singing and game-playing at the first Thanksgiving would not have fit the decorum dictated by Pilgrim piety.

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2010-11-18
November 18: The Biblical Flood

If God wanted us to know the truth, he wouldn't have given us badly translated revelations!

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2010-11-16
November 16: Atheism and Communism

The fact is, Atheism is not opposed to religion, per se, but is at best (or at worst) indifferent to religion. Stalin was a Soviet first, an Atheist only incidentally.

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2010-11-05
November 5: Will Durant

"The greatest question of our time is not communism vs. individualism, not Europe vs. America, not even East vs. West," wrote Durant, "it is whether men can bear to live without God."

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2010-11-04
November 4: Egyptian Religion Revealed

The reign of Amenhotep III is generally considered Egypt's Golden Age, yet historians call it an age of heresy. "If I knew where God is," says one inscription, "I would certainly make an offering to him."

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Ronald Bruce Meyer

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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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