Monthly Archives: December 2010

December 31: Andreas Vesalius

Andreas Vesalius died at age 49 in Zakinthos, Greece. He had reached Jerusalem, but never made it back home. You could say Vesalius died for the church that persecuted him.

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Posted in History, Religion, Science, Theology

December 30: The Vatican Recognizes Israel

It came about 50 years too late for the Holocaust. So… if God is right today, and Jews are not “reviled of God,” was he wrong in the Dark Age, when faith was stronger?

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Posted in History, Religion, Theology

December 29: The Murder of Thomas Becket

Had Becket but served his king with half the zeal that he served his God, he would not have been left naked to his enemies.

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Posted in Film, History, Religion

December 28: Apostates at Westminster Abbey

There is a curious collection of the impious residing eternally in and around Westminster: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Geoffrey Chaucer, Robert Browning, Charles Dickens, John Dryden – and the admittedly agnostic Charles Darwin!

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Posted in Famous Freethinkers, History, Religion, Theology

December 25: Clara Barton

The Dictionary of American Biography admits of Barton that “she … was never a Church member.”

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December 25: Quentin Crisp

Crisp once quipped, “a woman in the audience stood up and said, ‘Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don’t believe?'”

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Posted in Entertainer, Famous Freethinkers, Social Reformer

December 24: Matthew Arnold and his “Sea of Faith”

Arnold was a leading literary critic and wrote many essays, which displayed a seriously Rationalist streak. He denied belief in immortality and a personal God.

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Posted in Famous Freethinkers, Poet, Religion
John Mill