Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 23

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The Age of Reason is a work by English and American political activist Thomas Paine, arguing for the philosophical position of Deism. Following in the tradition of eighteenth-century British deism, it challenges institutionalized religion and the legitimacy of the Bible. It was published in three parts in 1794, 1795, and 1807, and became a best-seller in the United States, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival. Fearing its revolutionary ideas, the British government prosecuted printers and book-sellers who tried to publish and distribute it. The Age of Reason highlights what Paine saw as corruption among Christian churches and criticizes their efforts to acquire political power. Paine advocates reason over revelation, leading him to reject miracles and to view the Bible as "an ordinary piece of literature rather than as a divinely inspired text". He promotes natural religion and argues for the existence of a creator-God. Most of Paine's arguments had long been available to educated people, but his engaging, irreverent and inexpensive pamphlets made deism appealing and accessible to a mass audience. (Full article...)


The Kiss

The Kiss is an oil painting on canvas completed by the Norwegian symbolist artist Edvard Munch in 1897. Part of his Frieze of Life, which depicts the stages of a relationship between men and women, The Kiss is a realization of a motif with which he had experimented since 1888/89: a couple kissing, their faces fusing as one in a symbolic representation of their unity. Exhibited as early as 1903, this work is held at the Munch Museum in Oslo.

Painting: Edvard Munch
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Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 22 * Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/March 24

The link for Tanker should be modified to Tanker (ship) for disambiguation.--Jfurr1981 04:07, 31 October 2005 (UTC)

who is Natalie Halford?

re: births: 1991 - Natalie Halford, Indescribeable

nice girl i'm sure —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 02:15, 17 February 2007 (UTC).

2012 notes

howcheng {chat} 08:03, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

2013 notes

howcheng {chat} 06:16, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

2014 notes

howcheng {chat} 08:10, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

The following should be on this date:

Protected edit request on 23 March 2014

I think is is one of the more relevant and better pages that should be added. Many Thanks! --Peaceworld 09:23, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

Not done: it's not clear what changes you want made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. — {{U|Technical 13}} (tec) 15:55, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

2015 notes

howcheng {chat} 06:59, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

2016 notes

howcheng {chat} 07:36, 21 March 2016 (UTC)

@Howcheng: can we have Ahmadiyya? it's been there only once, and some of the other have been here several times? Thanks.--Peaceworld 09:40, 21 March 2016 (UTC)
I have edited it.--Peaceworld 13:34, 21 March 2016 (UTC)
And I undid you, because we need greater chronological and geographical diversity. Bhagat Singh hasn't been on in 5 years and was in 1889, so Ahmadiyya wasw going to have to make way. Sorry. howcheng {chat} 16:41, 21 March 2016 (UTC)
@Howcheng: Can we have Ahmadiyya this year please?--Peaceworld 13:43, 21 March 2017 (UTC)

2017 notes

howcheng {chat} 06:37, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

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