Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Edinbugh and the Enlightenment

On January 8, 1697, at some time between two and four in the afternoon, an eighteen-year-old student named Thomas Aikenhead was hanged in Edinburgh. Aikenhead had been found guilty of a serious charge: the previous year he had several times told other young men that the doctrines of Christian theology were 'a rapsodie of faigned and ill-invented nonsense.'
The New Yorker

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