Monthly Archives: October 2015

October 31 in freethought history…

October 31, 1517 – According to tradition, German friar Martin Luther posted his Ninety Five Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, questioning various clerical abuses within the Catholic Church, including nepotism and the sale of indulgences. … Continue reading

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October 30 in freethought history…

October 30, 1459 – Italian scholar Poggio Bracciolini dies in Florence, aged 79. He is best known for his discovery, in a German monastery, of the only surviving manuscript of De rerum natura (“On the Nature of Things”), an instructional poem … Continue reading

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October 29 in freethought history…

October 29, 1997 – Anton Szandor LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan and the modern Satanist movement, dies in San Francisco, California, aged 67. LaVey’s brand of Satanism is an atheistic philosophy that sees Satan merely as a symbol … Continue reading

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October 28 in freethought history…

October 28, 1914 – Medical researcher Jonas Salk is born in New York City. He developed the polio vaccine, which saved countless lives. Within a decade of the vaccine’s introduction, worldwide cases dropped from hundreds of thousands annually to a few hundred … Continue reading

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October 27 in freethought history…

October 27, 1553 – Theologian and polymath Michael Servetus is burned at the stake in Geneva for heresy. Servetus sparked controversy for his extensive arguments opposing the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and endorsing Unitarianism. He had fled Catholic authories in Italy, … Continue reading

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October 26 in freethought history…

October 26, 1880 – The town of Liberal, Missouri was founded as an atheist utopia by freethinker George Walser. Walser’s intention was to provide a religion-free zone. He hoped to attract nonbelievers from far and wide–and he did attract a few. … Continue reading

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October 25 in freethought history…

October 25, 2006 – Philip K. Paulson dies in San Diego, California. Paulson was a U.S. Army combat veteran of the Vietnam War who, as an atheist, was the lead plaintiff in a series of lawsuits to remove a Christian … Continue reading

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October 24 in freethought history…

October 24, 1945 – Anthropologist and anti-creation science activist Eugenie Scott is born. From 1987 to 2013 she served as Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education. She was a key player on behalf of the plaintiffs in … Continue reading

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October 23 in freethought history…

October 23, 4004 BC – The Creation of the universe supposedly begins (technically at nightfall the preceding evening) by the Lord God Almighty, as reckoned by Irish Archbishop James Ussher. October 23, 1903 – American theologian and philosopher Francis Ellingwood Abbot … Continue reading

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October 22 in freethought history…

October 22, 1844 – Jesus Christ did not return, nor did the world come to an end, as predicted by Baptist preacher William Miller. This “Great Disappointment” threw the Millerites- many of whom had sold their possessions and put their … Continue reading

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