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musings on the church calendar from one who seldom doubts A threesome of Christian musicians are remembered on July 28th: Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel and Heinrich Schuetz (or Schutz), even though the latter two, if not linked to Bach, would have been remembered on different dates than the one which pertains to Bach. That most distinguished composer of religious music (as well as a large amount of secular music) came from a recognized family of musicians. He was born March 21 (or 31, depending on the calendar in use at the time), 1685 in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany. His father, Johann Ambrosius Bach, was the leader of the musicians in the community and several of his uncl

Believing Thomas

musings on the church calendar from one who seldom doubts During the 1700’s a group of British nonbelievers identified as ”Deists” were very active in expressing their negative opinions on Christianity. Although they believed that nature proved an intelligent entity designed the world in which they lived, they rejected Christianity because of their doubt of miracles, as well as because of what they believed to be the cruelties and contradictions of the faith. One of their stoutest foes was Joseph Butler, who served, among others, as head Chaplain to Caroline, wife of George II, as Bishop of Bristol, Dean of St. Paul’s, and later Bishop of Durham. His arguments against Deism and defense of Ch