Category Archives: christianity

Podcast #253 – Baby Fingers, Baby Christian

For the third presidential election cycle in a row, evangelical fundamentalist Christians have failed to nominate a Republican candidate that’s a full-throated theocratic nut job (although they came close with Ted Cruz). And once again they’re faced with the daunting … Continue reading

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April 14 in freethought history…

April 14, 1950 - Geneticist Francis Collins is born in Staunton, Virginia. Collins is best known as former head of the Human Genome Project and as current Director of the National Institutes of Health. He has sparked controversy for his outspoken … Continue reading

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March 22 in freethought history…

March 22, 1638 – The Massachussetts Bay Colony expells Anne Hutchinson for religious dissent. She moved with her family and a number of like-minded settlers to what is now Portsmouth, Rhode Island; soon thereafter, when it looked like Massachussetts might … Continue reading

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March 19 in freethought history…

March 19, 1821 - British explorer, linguist, translator and writer Richard Francis Burton is born in Torquay, England. His achievements were legion, including a thoroughly documented pilgrimage in disguise to Mecca, a complete translation of One Thousand and One Nights, and … Continue reading

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March 4 in freethought history…

March 4, 1966 – In an interview published in the London Evening Standard, John Lennon remarked that, at the time, the Beatles were more popular than Jesus in the United Kingdom. His comment went relatively unremarked in Britain, but months … Continue reading

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March 2 in freethought history…

March 2, 1791 – Anglican minister and theologian John Wesley dies in London, England, aged 87. A tireless traveling preacher, Wesley was deeply influential in what would become the Christian evangelical movement, and his teachings led to the creation of … Continue reading

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Podcast #244 – Bart Ehrman (Jesus Before the Gospels)

We interview Dr. Bart D. Ehrman about his new book Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior. Dr. Ehrman looks at what research on memory–how it’s formed, how it’s recalled, … Continue reading

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February 3 in freethought history…

February 3, 1983 – At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Ronald Reagan issued Proclamation 5018, declaring 1983 the Year of the Bible. Among other things, the Proclamation stated, “The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding … 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 30 in freethought history…

January 30, 1861 – Swedish freethought activist Viktor Lennstrand is born in Gävle, Sweden. He was outspoken against both Christianity and state-sponsored religion, and was imprisoned several times. He died in 1895, aged 34. January 30, 1891 – Charles Bradlaugh (English … Continue reading

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