1302: Pope Boniface VIII sentenced Italian poet and politician Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy, to be burned to death for political reasons. Dante fled into exile.
1927:Elmer Gantry, Sinclair Lewis’ scathing satire of Protestant fundamentalism was published. The novel, about a narcissistic, unethical young man who stumbles into a career as an evangelist and preacher, was banned in several U.S. cities and widely condemned by churches. One clergyman said Lewis should go to jail for five years, while celebrated evangelist Billy Sunday — whom Gantry’s character is said to be loosely based on — referred to Lewis as “Satan’s cohort.”
1987: The Vatican published a document stating its opposition to the test-tube fertilization and artificial insemination of unmarried women. The Vatican also opposed these procedures for widows, even if their husbands had donated the sperm.
843: Eastern churches officially reintroduced and…
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