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July 18: William Makepeace Thackeray

Like John Ruskin and Tennyson, he was a Rationalist, but he did not go out of his way to criticize religion.

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July 11: Whistler’s Father (1834)

James McNeill Whistler (1833) It was on this date, July 11, 1834, that American painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. His father was an Army Major and Whistler himself was educated at West Point, from which

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April 23: J.M.W. Turner

Turner “did not profess to be a member of any visible Church,” and he “had no religious hope to cheer him” when he died.

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December 4: Thomas Carlyle

Carlyle abandoned his Christian beliefs in 1818 after reading Gibbon. After further study… Carlyle gave up the Holy Ghost and immortality, as well, adopting a Pantheism like Goethe’s.

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