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Author(s): Backus, Irena
¶ Preoccupation with the past and alignment with past beliefs and teachings is characteristic of Christianity, as it is of most religions. Any departure into new beliefs is generally considered tantamo…

Gassendi, Pierre

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Author(s): Backus, Irena
¶ Pierre Gassendi (b. Gassend; 1592–1655), the French astronomer, atomist philosopher, mathematician, and priest, also known for his revival of Epicureanism, can be placed at the meeting point between …