on the winter solstice, something fun about the religion of 'truth by repeated assertion'.
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Saint Joseph once preached, "He who has bathed in Christ has no need for a second bath." Early Christians took this literally and never bathed. Benedict was an odd monk that spent most of his life in rags, rarely eating, and speaking only in awkward outcries. He was canonized for saving monasticism in the 8th century, through which he spread the idea that bathing was a vanity that facilitated sins of the flesh. This meme stuck with Christians until the 18th century.