Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Week in Freethought History (January 20-26)

Read about the Piltdown Man hoax exposed, feminist and freethinker Helen Hamilton Gardener, Lord Byron, French novelist Stendhal, Frederick the Great, Virginia Woolf, what escaped the Index of Prohibited Books and more …

Posted in Famous Freethinkers, History, Religion, Theology

Religion in the 2nd Inaugural: Obama and Lincoln

Unlike that bygone era, when churches actually owned slaves, and people actually read sermons in their newspapers, today the old warhorse hobbles on splinted legs.

Posted in Rant

The Week in Freethought History (January 13-19)

Read about feminist Ernestine Rose, Witch persecuters recanting, priest-turned-atheist Jean Meslier, Thomas Jefferson’s “Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom,” Benjamin Franklin, Baron de Montesquieu, Jacob Bronowski, Edgar Allan Poe and more …

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January 15: Jean Meslier (1678)

It was on this date, January 15, 1678, that the French priest who is remembered as a lifelong atheist, Jean Meslier, was born. Meslier has been described as the first person in the West to write an entire text in

Posted in Famous Freethinkers, History, Religion

The Week in Freethought History (January 6-12)

Read about Joan of Arc the Witch, Christian prostitution, execution for insulting Christ, Dave Matthews, “Common Sense” about monarchy, William James on Jesus, James Mark Baldwin and more …

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January 12: James Mark Baldwin (1861)

It was on this date, January 12, 1861, that American philosopher and psychologist James Mark Baldwin was born. He studied theology for a time at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), but switched to philosophy and taught French

Posted in Philosopher, Psychology

The Week in Freethought History (December 30-January 5)

Read about Vatican recognition of Christ-Killers, the persecution of anatomist Andreas Vesalius, J.G. Frazer’s exposure of Christianity’s sources, Isaac Asimov, Roman statesman M.T. Cicero, the not-so-secret Fabian Society, the cleric drowned for promoting baptism, and more!

Posted in Famous Freethinkers, History, Religion, Theology
John Mill