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Civilisation: The Salem witch trials

Just as the unimaginative, intellectual poverty of Salem’s physicians led directly to the superstitious slaughter of a host of innocent victims, the same intellectual poverty prompts some who really ought to know better to attribute today’s unexplained phenomena to Gods or to demons. Continue reading

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Civilisation: Why Jerusalem?

The call to crusade was the first step in bringing about the apocalypse Continue reading

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The necessity of atheism

If you’ve heard people talk about the abuses of religion but didn’t really know what they meant then I thoroughly recommend this book. Continue reading

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Civilisation 58: Mohammed 570 – 632

Islam’s controversial prophet, Mohammed has been the source of both veneration and venom ever since he first began describing himself as Allah’s spokesman on earth. Continue reading

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Civilisation 48: Constantine the Great

Christian or not, Constantine embarked on a series of further wars and slaughters, complete with propaganda campaigns and misrepresentation of his enemies that even Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of. Continue reading

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Civilisation 37: Paul (Saul) of Tarsus

Paul spent half his life preaching about the Divine Christ and spreading his discriminatory bile across the Middle East before being imprisoned and eventually executed by Nero. His discriminatory legacy has continued though – alas. Continue reading

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Civilisation part 1 PDF

Beginning 4,700 years ago in ancient Egypt, this project has led me all the way to the Palestine of a little over 2,100 years ago. Part 1 began with Imhotep and ended with Pontius Pilate. Continue reading

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Civilisation 35: Pontius Pilate

Pilate was no stranger to executions, including by crucifixion. His reputation was for anything but leniency. He was responsible for executing various Jewish rebels and would-be Messiahs – not just Jesus so his alleged reluctance seems very misplaced indeed. Continue reading

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Civilisation 28: Chrysippus

Chrysippus was a determinist, believing in fate and pre-ordination. And yet he also championed the role of free will, a concept he believed could best be approached by practicing Stoicism. Continue reading

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Civilisation 24: Cleanthes

I wouldn’t have liked Cleanthes very much. I think I’d have found him a little too dour and serious for my tastes but his influence upon Stoicism cannot be denied. Continue reading

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