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March 26 in freethought history…

March 26, 1944 – Biologist and atheist activist Richard Dawkins is born in Nairobi, British Kenya. He has written numerous books for general audiences, including The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, A Devil’s Chaplain, The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on … Continue reading

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March 21 in freethought history…

March 21, 1925 – Tennessee Governor Austin Peay signs the Butler Act, a state law prohibiting school teachers “to teach any theory that denies the Story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead … Continue reading

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March 16 in freethought history…

March 16, 1930 - English agnostic and skeptic Edward Clodd dies, aged 89. Though he earned a living as a banker, Clodd was an anthropologist and early proponent of Darwin’s theory of evolution. He was chairman of the Rationalist Press Association … Continue reading

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March 9 in freethought history…

March 9, 1957 – Biologist, Pharyngula blogger and atheist activist Paul Zachary “PZ” Myers is born in Kent, Washington. Myers has been a lightning rod for controversy: he was criticized for desecrating a Eucharist; he was denied entry to a … Continue reading

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February 24 in freethought history…

February 24, 1871 – Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex is published in the United Kingdom. In this follow-up to his popular and controversial On the Origin of Species (1859), Darwin tackles mankind’s place … Continue reading

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February 12 in freethought history…

February 12, 1789 – American patriot Ethan Allen dies in Burlington, Vermont, aged 51. Best known for his daring exploits during the Revolutionary War, Allen was also a politician, frontier philosopher and early advocate for smallpox inoculation. In later life … 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 8 in freethought history…

February 8, 1921 – Prince Pyotr Alexeyevich (Peter) Kropotkin,  polymath and anarchist, dies in Moscow, aged 78. His principle scientific contribution was the book Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution, which offered a counterpoint to social Darwinism, arguing that cooperation was … 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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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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