September 24, 1717 – Prolific correspondent Horace Walpole, youngest son of long-serving Prime Minister Robert Walpole, is born in London. Walpole’s disdain for organized religion and pious presumption is apparent in his thousands of letters. Here’s a sample: “I hate Papists, as a man, not as a Protestant. If Papists were only enemies to the religion of other men, I should overlook their errors. As they are foes to liberty, I cannot forgive them.” He is best known for introducing the word “serendipity” (derived from the Persian fairy tale “The Three Princes of Serendip”) to the English language.
September 24 – 2007 – The American Freethought blog begins with a reprint of a review of Robert Wright’s The Moral Animal.
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