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December 27, 2014
December 27: Louis Pasteur

Pasteur believed "the idea of God is a form of the idea of the Infinite, whether it is called Brahma, Allah, Jehovah, or Jesus." This is hardly orthodox Christianity.

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December 26, 2014
December 26: Exorcism

The behaviors of the possessed resemble very closely the behaviors of those with electrochemical, neurochemical or other physical or emotional disorders.

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December 25, 2014
December 25: Christmas Day

Mithra — like Tammuz, Adonis, Apollo and Horus — was a sun-god. So you see, the "reason for the season" is not the son of any god, but the sun up in the sky!

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October 27, 2014
October 27: Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus (1466) It was on this date, October 27, 1466, that the Dutch author, and the greatest humanist scholar of the northern Renaissance, Desiderius Erasmus was born Gerrit Gerritszoon in Rotterdam, in what is now the Netherlands. He was the product of a liaison between a housekeeper-niece and a Dutch priest. Ordained a priest […]

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September 16, 2014
September 16: Tomás de Torquemada

Tomás de Torquemada (d. 1498) It was on this date, September 16, 1498, that the Grand Inquisitor of Spain, Tomás de Torquemada, died in Ávila. Born on a date uncertain in 1420 in what is now Valladolid, Torquemada was a Dominican monk – one of the famed "hounds of the Lord" (domini canes) – in […]

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August 8, 2014
August 8: Eating God

Quam singulari (1910): Christian Communion It was on this date, August 8, 1910, that "Quam singulari," a decree of the Sacred Congregation of the Sacraments, specified the age at which children are to be admitted to first Communion in the Roman Catholic Church.[1] The Catholic Encyclopedia, the authority on the subject, says that conditions for […]

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July 22, 2014
July 22: Gregor Mendel

Abbot Gregor Mendel was a freethinker who entered a monastery to study science.

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May 21, 2014
May 21: Alexander Pope

In an earlier age, a Deist of Pope's beliefs would have been tried and either burned or hanged for impiety. Today, no longer having the power to do that, they embrace him as a "Catholic poet."

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August 25, 2013
August 25: Forging the Shroud of Turin (1978)

Shroud of Turin (1978) It was on this date, August 25, 1978, that the famous Shroud of Turin, still venerated as the burial cloth of the crucified Jesus, went on public display for the first time in 45 years. Since 1578 the shroud, or sindon, has been housed at Turin, where it is only displayed […]

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November 18, 2011
November 18: God’s Storm Water Management

The Biblical Flood (2347 BCE) It was on this date, November 18, 2347 BCE, that Noah's Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat, after 150 consecutive days of rain. We can be sure that this story is true, because the Judeo-Christian Bible tells us so, the Church Fathers say it was so, the […]

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