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Since letters seemed an unlikely means of spreading pestilences, disinfection of mail declined, but some authorities continued to see a potential risk in mail from patients with tuberculosis and leprosy.
Does this tale of pestilence and slaughter fail to scandalize us because we are still so profoundly uncomfortable with a God who rides on an ass instead of a chariot and hangs on a cross instead of raising a sword?
He stated, "There is overpopulation at the end of dynasties, and pestilences and famines frequently occur then.