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July 25, 2011
July 25: Churches v. Medicine

Church opposition to surgery, dissection and the study of anatomy slowed the development of medicine.

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July 15, 2011
July 15: Let God Sort Them Out

The First Crusade Captures Jerusalem (1099) Then Kills Everyone It was on this date, July 15, 1099, that the First Crusade, or "Campaign of the Cross," achieved its objective and captured Jerusalem and the Holy Sepulcher. Once the Muslim citizens of Jerusalem lost control of their city, the Crusaders then proceeded, with the zeal of […]

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June 20, 2011
June 20: How a Minority “Tolerates” the Majority

Maryland Charter (1632): Catholic Toleration in Maryland It was on this date, June 20, 1632, that Cecilius Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, was issued a charter by Charles I of England (1600-1649), entitling him to create a Catholic colony in the New World that became known as Maryland. This charter was originally intended for George […]

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May 23, 2011
May 23: Dante Alighieri

This "great Catholic poet" – you might as well call him the only great Catholic poet – rejected or ignored much of the theology of his church.

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May 1, 2011
May 1: Christian Persecutions

It is only good fortune that those with Bibles and weapons, or with Korans and weapons, for that matter, were so anti-science: imagine what a human holocaust they could have perpetrated!

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April 29, 2011
April 29: The Age of Chivalry

The Age of Chivalry was steeped in corruption, theft, violence, and every imaginable (and some unimaginable) sexual deviations, including rape, incest, pederasty, prostitution and general sexual license.

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April 23, 2011
April 23: William Shakespeare

What truly religious sentiments Shakespeare does exhibit in his plays, have no depth, as if he were either indifferent to, or ignorant of, the theology of the skeptical Elizabethan Age.

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March 17, 2011
March 17: The Miracles of St. Patrick

What good is a miracle for proving the truth of something? If a religion is true, miracles don’t help; if a religion is false, miracles can’t help.

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March 6, 2011
March 6: Michelangelo

The Catholic Encyclopedia, while praising his morality, industry and artistic talent, can find no words to describe his religious faith.

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February 28, 2011
February 28: Michel de Montaigne

Montaigne was a Deist, but refrained from candor about his beliefs due to the mutual slaughter between Catholics and French Huguenots of the time. "It is setting a high value upon our opinions," he wrote, "to roast men and women alive on account of them."

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