August 28 in freethought history…

goetheAugust 28, 1749 – German writer, scientist and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is born in Frankfurt-am-Main. A polymath who made enduring contributions to literature, philosophy and science, he is one of the most celebrated figures in all of German culture. He is likely best-known in modern times for his play Faust, about a scholar who makes an ill-advised deal with the devil. Goethe’s religious views are hard to nail down: he once described himself as “not anti-Christian, nor un-Christian, but most decidedly non-Christian.”

August 28, 1898 – Unitarian and humanist leader Edwin H. Wilson is born in Woodhaven, New York. He was minister to several Unitarian congregations during his lifetime. He took part in the drafting of the Humanist Manifesto in 1933 and Humanist Manifesto II in 1973. He was named Humanist of the Year in 1979 by the American Humanist Association. He died in 1993, aged 94.

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