Monthly Archives: March 2013

Waiting for Papa: Watching for the Smoke (and Mirrors)

One of the biggest misconceptions about the papacy is that the center of authority in the Church has always resided in the Bishop of Rome. Until the fall of the Western Empire in the 5th Century, EVERY assertion of Roman supremacy was repudiated. After that, resistance was futile.

Posted in History, Politics, Religion, Theology

This Week in Freethought History (March 3-9)

Read about Ira Glass, Penn Jillette, the brutal Pope Eugene IV, Gabriel García Márquez, André Morellet the Encyclopedist, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Mirabeau the revolutionist and more …

Posted in Famous Freethinkers, History, Religion, Theology

March 9: Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (1749)

It was on this date, March 9, 1749, that French writer, diplomat, journalist and revolutionist Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau was born. Before the French Revolution, Mirabeau was an officer in the army and was several times prosecuted for

Posted in Journalism/Media, Social Reformer, Writer

March 7: André Morellet (1727)

It was on this date, March 7, 1727, that French economist and contributor to the Encyclopédie André Morellet was born. After a Jesuit education, he kept all his life the title of the Abbé Morellet without religious conviction. According to

Posted in Economics, Writer

This Week in Freethought History (February 24-March 2)

Read about George Moore, “The Passion of the Christ,” François Arago, Michel de Montaigne, William “Mad Magazine” Gaines, Pope Leo XIII and more …

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John Mill