June 2000, Marburg, Germany
The Elisabethkirche, the first truly Gothic church in Germany, was built 1235-1283. The church was named after St. Elisabeth (1207-1231), daughter of the King of Hungary, and intended bride of the Landgrave Ludwig of Thuringia. She was well known for her charitable acts to the poor and the lengths to which she was able to help them. After the death of her husband in 1227, she took charge of a hospital. In 1231, she herself died of exhaustion. Four years later she was canonized.
The church was built by members of the Teutonic Order to receive her remains. But in 1527, her descendent the Landgrave Philip the Magnanimous moved her remains to a nearby cemetery after converting to Protestantism and abolishing the cult of relics.
Churches Northern Germany
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“I viewed my fellow man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape”
Desmond Morris, “The Naked Ape”
“I want nothing to do with religion concerned with keeping the masses satisfied to live in hunger, filth and ignorance. I want nothing to do with any order, religious or otherwise, which does not teach people that they are capable of becoming happier and more civilized, on this earth, capable of becoming true man, master of his fate and captain of his soul. To attain this, I would put priests to work, also, and turn the temples into schools.”
“The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan values and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.”
“Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea.”
“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.”
Edgar Allan Poe