Monthly Archives: January 2011

January 31: Franz Schubert

Sir George Grove says, “of formal or dogmatic religion we can find no trace,” in Schubert’s short life. Of creeds, “Not a word of it is true,” said Schubert.

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January 31: Irving Langmuir

When asked about his inattention to religion, Langmuir once responded, “Never believe anything that can’t be proved.”

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January 30: Walter Savage Landor

Landor was a theist with a strong disdain of Christianity. “Every sect is a moral check on its neighbour.” He said, “Competition is as wholesome in religion as in commerce.”

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January 29: Thomas Paine

Paine wrote, “the Bible and the Testament are impositions upon the world” and that “religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.”

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You Need Us, Brother

The following is a commentary in an ongoing series of “Reflections” by John Mill. John Mill is the radio persona of Ronald Bruce Meyer and can be heard on “American Heathen.” “The American Heathen” Internet radio broadcast is aired, live,

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You Need Us, Brother

The following is a commentary in an ongoing series of “Reflections” by John Mill. John Mill is the radio persona of Ronald Bruce Meyer and can be heard on “American Heathen.” The “American Heathen” Internet radio broadcast is aired, live,

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This Week in Freethought History

Don’t long for the Golden Age of Freethought. The Golden Age is now!

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January 28: Sarah McLachlan

Sings McLachlan, without reservation, “The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost // Is just somebody’s unholy hoax. // If there’s one thing I don’t believe in // It’s you.”

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January 28: Artur Rubinstein

As an adult, Rubinstein referred with pride to his Jewish origins, but he called himself an agnostic. He was reluctant to call himself an Atheist.

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January 27: Are Indulgences “Sold”?

one could pay money, get change, and receive a piece of paper with which one got remission of sin. The price is stipulated and there is no indulgence without “alms.” That sounds like a sale.

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