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July 11: Excommunication

The Papacy abused excommunication freely and frequently for political advantage – so much so that a bishop would excommunicate a thief who stole his property!

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October 19: Sir Thomas Browne

Sir Thomas Browne (1605) It was on this date, October 19, 1605, that British writer Sir Thomas Browne was born in London, the son of a prosperous silk merchant who died when Thomas was eight. Browne nevertheless studied at Pembroke

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September 27: Paul III Fails to Reform the Church

Pope Paul III Approves the Jesuits (1540) On this date, September 27, in 1540, Pope Paul III officially approved the Society of Jesus – the Jesuits – through his encyclical, Regimini militantis ecclesiae. Born Alessandro Farnese on 29 February 1468

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August 21: Jules Michelet

Jules Michelet (1798) It was on this date, August 21, 1798, that French historian Jules Michelet was born in Paris, into a family with a Huguenot past. Of his youth, under the post-revolutionary, reactionary French government, Michelet recalled, I remember

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Posted in Famous Freethinkers, History, Social Reformer, Writer

August 12: The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ Released (1988) It was on this date, August 12, 1988, that Martin Scorsese’s film, The Last Temptation of Christ, was released in the United States. Even before it opened in nine theaters across the US

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Posted in Film, History, Religion, Theology

May 10: Religion and Censorship

“The fatwa by Imam Khomeini in regards to the apostate Salman Rushdie will be in effect forever.”

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April 9: François Rabelais

Even the “Catholic Encyclopedia” can claim only that “his religion is scarcely more than that of a spiritually-minded pagan.”

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John Mill