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February 21 in freethought history…

February 21, 1677 - Philosopher Baruch Spinoza dies in The Hague, Netherlands, aged 44. A lens-grinder by trade, he is best known for his magnum opus Ethics. In 1656, he was excommunicated by the Jewish elders of Amsterdam for “abominable heresies” (which included … Continue reading

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February 9 in freethought history…

February 9, 1619 - Philosopher and freethinker Lucilio (“Julius Caesar”) Vanini is executed by the Parliament of Toulouse, France for atheism and blasphemy. Vanini was not, in fact, an atheist (more a pantheist). Nonetheless he denied the immortality of the soul; … Continue reading

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February 4 in freethought history…

February 4, 341 BCE – According to ancient sources, the Greek philosopher Epicurus is born on this date (10 Gamelion of the old Attic calendar). Although little of his written work survives, fragments of his proto-scientific treatise On Nature. Epicurus is … Continue reading

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Podcast #242 – Matthew O’Neil on Bible Sex

We interview Matthew O’Neil about his new book What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn’t Say) about Sex. Matthew is an activist, theologian, and teacher. He has his MA in theology from Saint Michael’s College with graduate certification in Mediation … Continue reading

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January 15 in freethought history…

January 15, 2013 – Bangladeshi blogger and secular activist Asif Mohiuddin is stabbed by Al-Qaeda inspired assailants for his public criticism of the mistreatment of women and the death penalty for apostasy in Islam. He survived the attack, which was a … Continue reading

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January 13 in freethought history…

January 13, 1810 - Atheist, feminist and abolitionist Ernestine Rose is born Ernestine Louise Polowsky into a Jewish family in Poland in 1810. She began to question religious orthodoxy and traditional assumptions about women from an early age. After extricating herself from … Continue reading

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December 31 in freethought history…

December 31, 1961 – Atheist and feminist blogger and activist Greta Christina is born in Chicago, Illinois. Her books include Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things that Piss Off the Godless, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, … Continue reading

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November 25 in freethought history…

November 25, 1835 – Capitalist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie is born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. He came to the United States with his family in 1848, and eventually became one of the most wealthy men in history (making his money in the … Continue reading

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November 12 in freethought history…

November 12, 1815 – Suffragist, feminist, abolitionist and social reformer Elizabeth Cady Stanton is born Elizabeth Cady in Johnstown, New York.  Among her many works was The Woman’s Bible, a feminist commentary on scripture, written in collaboration with several other feminist … Continue reading

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November 10 in freethought history…

November 10, 1793 – The first (and last) national Fête de la Raison (Festival of Reason) is organized by leaders of the French Revolution. Fueled by anti-clericalism, the short-lived Cult of Reason was a civic religion that sought to focus the … Continue reading

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