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This quote is often attributed to one of the early church fathers, usually to Bernard of Clairvaux or Saint Augustine, although the earliest reference in print was in 1896. There is no historical evidence that links the quote to Clairvaux or Augustine. It is part of a textbook on human anatomy by Joseph Hyrtl


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Christianity Has Been Handling Epidemics for 2000 Years The March 13 2020 Foreign Policy newspaper has this article Christianity Has Been Handling Epidemics for 2000 Years listing several examples from historical records. Some quotes: ... the terrible Antonine Plague of the 2nd century, which might have killed off a quarter of the Roman Empire, led to ...


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The arrival of the Black Death in England was preceded by rumours of plagues abroad getting closer and closer. In October 1348 it had already reached parts of England when the Bishop of Winchester wrote to his clergy; A voice in Rama has been heard. Much weeping and crying has sounded through the countries of the world.... This cruel plague, we have heard ...


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Joseph F Smith (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in a Oct 1918 conference, shortly after the spanish flu, spoke to those grieving lost loved ones:1 29 And as I wondered, my eyes were opened, and my understanding quickened, and I perceived that the Lord went not in person among the wicked and the disobedient who had rejected the truth, to teach ...


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The third cholera pandemic (1846–60) was the third major outbreak of cholera originating in India in the nineteenth century that reached far beyond its borders, which researchers at UCLA believe may have started as early as 1837 and lasted until 1863.[1] In Russia, more than one million people died of cholera. In 1853–54, the epidemic in London claimed over ...


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John Calvin wrote in 1542 about the duty he felt he had to minister to those in the plague hospital outside the city, should the minister who had volunteered before him, Peter Blanchet, not survive. The pestilence also begins to rage here with greater violence, and few who are at all affected by it escape its ravages. One of our colleagues was to be set ...


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Cyprian wrote the following during the plague of 250 AD to remind his diocese that Christians are not to expect special protection from disease: It disturbs some believers that the power of this Disease attacks our people equally with the unbelievers, as if the Christian believed for this purpose - that he might have the enjoyment of the world and this ...


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Martin Luther writing to Johann Hass: Use medicine; take potions which can help you; fumigate house, yard, and street; shun persons and places wherever your neighbor does not need your presence or has recovered, and act like a man who wants to help put out the burning city. What else is the epidemic but a fire which instead of consuming wood and ...


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