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2018-02-07
Mis-statement of Beliefs

A few days ago, I discovered a meme calling itself a Statement of Beliefs. Then I thought, “This a lot to unpack, but I believe I will give it a shot.” I copied the meme to this page. Here’s my take on it— “There's only two genders” (I’ll leave aside the grammatical error) When I […]

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2014-10-12
October 12: Columbus in the New World

Columbus Discovers the New World (1492) It was on this date, Friday, October 12, 1492, that Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas. Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy, in September or October 1451, and was reared a Roman Catholic. He became a Portuguese subject and married a Portuguese noblewoman, but had no success in persuading […]

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2011-09-03
September 3: How Great Was Gregory?

Gregory the Great (Gregory I) Becomes Pope (590) How Great Was He? It was on this date, September 3, 590, that the son of a wealthy patrician named Gordianus, whose name history does not recall, was made Pope in the Roman Catholic Church. He took the name Gregory and is remembered as Pope St. Gregory […]

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2011-04-14
April 14: First US Abolitionist Society

Christians were more concerned with saving souls than freeing bodies, and in took the rise of Rationalism and Freethought, and the realization that without a social policy they would become irrelevant, before the churches found their voice.

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2011-03-10
March 10: The Lie of Arnold Toynbee

Two thousand years of Christianity have made the world materially worse than had there been no such “spiritual effects in the world.”

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2011-02-23
February 23: W. E. B. Du Bois

"The theology of the average colored church is basing itself far too much upon 'hell and damnation,'" wrote DuBois. Anti-rational dogma repelled him, and he ceased participating in organized worship as a young adult.

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2011-01-24
January 24: Roman Emperor Hadrian

Schiller called him "the Empire's first servant." A poem, written shortly before his death, expresses Hadrian's religious skepticism.

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June 25: Dan Barker (1949)

It was on this date, June 25, 1949, that American ex-preacher and atheist activist Dan Barker was born. A successful musician, Barker has composed over 200 songs and at least two Christian musicals for children, “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (1977), and “His Fleece Was White as Snow” (1978). He was ordained a minister in […]



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