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July 25: Churches v. Medicine

Church opposition to surgery, dissection and the study of anatomy slowed the development of medicine.

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Posted in History, Law, Medicine, Religion, Science, Theology

May 23: Dante Alighieri

This “great Catholic poet” – you might as well call him the only great Catholic poet – rejected or ignored much of the theology of his church.

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Posted in Famous Freethinkers, Poet, Writer

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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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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December 23: Jean-François Champollion

Like most public figures during the post-Revolutionary Royalist reaction, Champollion was compelled to keep his religious opinions discreet.

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December 22: What Is a Jubilee?

30,000 pilgrims arrived daily, and one of them says, “day and night two clerics stood at the altar of St. Peter with rakes and drew off the infinite sums of money.”

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John Mill