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September 30: The Bible, Printed

Gutenberg and His Bible (1452) It was on this date, September 30, 1452, that the first book printed with moveable metal type came off the press invented by Johann Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany. What we know about Gutenberg is little:

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August 4: The Necessity of Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792) It was on this date, August 4, 1792, that the third-greatest British poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, was born at Field Place near Horsham, the son of a Member of Parliament. Along with developing a strong dislike

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April 27: Mary Wollstonecraft

Wollstonecraft argued that to obtain social equality society must rid itself of the monarchy as well as the church and military hierarchies.

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April 14: First US Abolitionist Society

Christians were more concerned with saving souls than freeing bodies, and in took the rise of Rationalism and Freethought, and the realization that without a social policy they would become irrelevant, before the churches found their voice.

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March 17: The Miracles of St. Patrick

What good is a miracle for proving the truth of something? If a religion is true, miracles don’t help; if a religion is false, miracles can’t help.

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February 11: Thomas Edison

I have never seen the slightest scientific proof of the religious theories of heaven and hell, of future life for individuals, or of a personal God. Proof! Proof! That is what I have always been after.

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January 13: Ernestine Rose

Six weeks before her death, Rose gave a copy of a speech, “In Defense of Atheism,” to the London Freethinker. An Atheist to the last, Rose said there was nothing in it to alter.

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