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2011-01-02
January 2: Isaac Asimov

"Since I am an atheist, and do not believe that either God or Satan, Heaven or Hell, exists, I can only suppose that when I die, there will only be an eternity of nothingness to follow."

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2011-01-01
January 1: James George Frazer

"[Frazer] was not an Atheist. I would say perhaps that he held his judgment in suspense." That is the common definition of an Agnostic.

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2010-12-31
December 31: Andreas Vesalius

Andreas Vesalius died at age 49 in Zakinthos, Greece. He had reached Jerusalem, but never made it back home. You could say Vesalius died for the church that persecuted him.

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2010-12-23
December 23: Jean-François Champollion

Like most public figures during the post-Revolutionary Royalist reaction, Champollion was compelled to keep his religious opinions discreet.

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2010-12-19
December 19: Richard E. Leakey

I believe it is man who created God in his image and not the other away around; also I see no reason to believe in life after death.

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2010-12-18
December 18: The Powerlessness of Prayer

Those who believe prayer will help them and know they are being prayed for may indeed get better, thanks to the placebo effect. The same could be said of giving pets to the elderly who like animals.

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2010-12-12
December 12: Erasmus Darwin

"In regard to religious matters," he wrote, "there is an intellectual cowardice instilled into the minds of the people from their infancy; to inquire or exert their reason is denounced as sinful."

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2010-12-10
December 10: Averroës

Averroës, in his own beliefs, substituted a vague Pantheism or World-Soul for the impersonal God of Aristotle. He did not believe in personal immortality.

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2010-12-09
December 9: Peter A. Kropotkin

In a work called Anarchist Morality, Kropotkin recognizes the foundation of morals has nothing to do with religion.

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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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January 24: Frederick the Great

To his intimates, Frederick admitted his Atheism. It was Frederick who said, "There are so many things to be said against religion that I wonder they do not occur to everyone."



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