Monthly Archives: May 2014

May 25: W.P. Kinsella (1935)

W.P. Kinsella (1935) It was on this date, May 25, 1935, that Canadian novelist W.P. Kinsella was born William Patrick Kinsella in Edmonton, Alberta. A writer of baseball fiction, Kinsella’s bestselling 1982 novel, Shoeless Joe, was made into the very

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May 24: Samuel F.B. Morse Thanks God for What Man Hath Wrought (1844)

It was on this date, May 24, 1844, that Samuel F.B. Morse sent the message “What hath God wrought,” which inaugurated long-distance coded communication over the first telegraph line strung from Baltimore, Maryland, to his colleague Alfred Vail and an

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May 22: Richard Wagner (1813)

Having “little taste for the otherworldly speculations of dogmatic theology,” Wagner wrote his most powerful music in his “Ring” years, when he was an Atheist.

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May 21: Alexander Pope

In an earlier age, a Deist of Pope’s beliefs would have been tried and either burned or hanged for impiety. Today, no longer having the power to do that, they embrace him as a “Catholic poet.”

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May 20: John Stuart Mill

Mill said he believed in a “probable God,” or a “limited liability God,” but disbelieved in miracles and immortality.

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May 16: Studs Terkel

“I think of myself as an agnostic, but an agnostic is really a cowardly atheist,” said Terkel.

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May 12: Katherine Hepburn

“I’m an atheist, and that’s it,” said Hepburn. “Our Constitution was not intended to be used by … any group to foist its personal religious beliefs on the rest of us.”

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