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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 11: Richard P. Feynman

“God was invented to explain mystery,” says Feynman. “Now, when you finally discover how something works, you don’t need him anymore.”

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April 26: Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (121) It was on this date, April 26, year 121, the 16th Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was born Marcus Annius Verus, the son of Annius Verus and nephew of Emperor Antoninus Pius, who adopted him in 138.

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April 15: Emma Thompson (1959)

It was on this date, April 15, 1959, that British actor, screenwriter and author Emma Thompson was born in Paddington, London, England, into a family of actors. At Newnham College, Cambridge, Thompson she became the first female member of the

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