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2010-12-22
December 22: What Is a Jubilee?

30,000 pilgrims arrived daily, and one of them says, "day and night two clerics stood at the altar of St. Peter with rakes and drew off the infinite sums of money."

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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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2010-12-14
December 14: The Lollard Heresy

It is characteristic of the teaching of European history that it assumes the general populace acquiesced in all the ideas of a church that diverged radically from the organization founded under the original gospels.

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2010-12-13
December 13: Council of Trent

What is seldom admitted is that the Church was hurting from the loss of income to the Protestant churches, and stipulated a meeting in an Italian town — so that the Inquisition could finish off the heretics.

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2010-12-09
December 9: John Milton

The greatest burden in the world is superstition, not only of ceremonies in the church, but of imaginary and scarecrow sins at home."

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2010-12-08
December 8: The Errors of Pius IX

What Pius IX condemned generally as "Liberalism" is today seen as general principles of modern civilization.

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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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2010-11-17
November 17: "Frailty" Film Premier

If all of this sounds like Hollywood hype, bear in mind that, in the same year (2001), Andrea Yates believed she was possessed by the devil, and that only by drowning her children could she save them.

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2010-06-19
June 19: Blaise Pascal and Pascal's Wager

"If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then without hesitation that He is." No one knows if Pascal his won his Wager.

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