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October 28, 2011
October 28: Constantine the Christian

Constantine the Great (312 CE) It was on this date, October 28, 312 CE, that Roman emperor Constantine the Great, aged 32, is said to have conquered in the sign of the Christian faith. After seeing a vision of the Chi-Ro [ΧΡ] — indicating "Christ," his priestly advisors gleefully told him — he crossed the […]

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July 18, 2011
July 18: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

The Pope is infallible, not impeccable, says the "Catholic Encyclopedia."

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June 1, 2011
June 1: Freethought and Progress

The 1933 World's Fair celebrated a century of progress, but the foundations of that progress were freethinking and religious skepticism.

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April 4, 2011
April 4: Ignatius of Loyola, First Jesuit

The modus operandi of the Society of Jesus, and their “Jesuitry,” has always been the end justifies the means, so it is immaterial whether Ignatius, or the Society of Jesus, ever publicly expressed the thought.

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March 7, 2011
March 7: Luther Burbank

Burbank’s vague Emersonian theism had evolved into a militant Rationalism by the time he was nearing death.

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February 24, 2011
February 24: George Moore

Although he was agnostic, the Catholic-born Moore he preferred to be regarded as a Protestant – even though Protestants, too, found his ideas about Jesus troublesome.

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February 13, 2011
February 13: Religion and Education

The bishops fiercely resisted for thirty years the grant of any national subsidy for education, and for forty further years obstructed the demand for a national system.

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February 5, 2011
February 5: Hiram Maxim

Maxim was an aggressive Atheist. Maxim knew the Chinese statesman and general Li Hung Chang to be just as strong an Atheist as he was himself.

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December 14, 2010
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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November 5, 2010
November 4: Eden Phillpotts

"Though he remains an agnostic," McCabe write of his personal relationship with Phillpotts, "in recent years he has become milder and more conservative."

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