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    Fernando Peregrin Gutierrez  August 22, 2019

    What (holy) envy!
    And if it were already in the 2019/20 season the Metropolitan Opera, what to tell you!
    When I recover my health and money (prayers are asked for that miracle to happen! I even beg it to the atheists and agnostics / skeptics of this blog), I will go to dinner with you and return the next day to my dear MET.

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    Kirktrumb59  August 23, 2019

    In the August 5/12 New Yorker, a review of a new book, “The mosquito: A Human History of our Deadliest Predator.” In this review, this sentence: “In the third century, malaria epidemics helped drive people to a small, much persecuted faith that emphasized healing and care of the sick, propelling Christianity into a world-altering religion.” I realize that medical history is not your thing. If nonetheless you’d care to comment, any warrant for this assertion?
    The word “mosquito” appears 5 times throughout your blog, at least according to the search engine; nuttin germane therein. Thanks.

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      Bart  August 25, 2019

      I talk about this in my book The Triumph of Chrsitianity, not the mosquito bit, but the claim that Christian health care led it (or helped it) grow. I show why it just doesn’t work. (The reviewer is getting his/her informaiton from the book by Rodney Stark, the Rise of Christianity; I show in my discussion why the claim can’t bear the weight of the evidence. The evidence actually points in the *opposite* direciton)

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        Kirktrumb59  August 26, 2019

        Thanks. Read your book, but (obviously) forgot. Can’t even believe the N Yorker!!

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