Tag Archive: Dictionary of National Biography

May 08

May 8: Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon

“The establishment of a new religion, whose ministers superceded the exercise of reason,” Gibbon wrote, supplanted Athenian wisdom and, “resolved every question by an article of faith, and condemned the infidel or skeptic to eternal flames.”

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Jan 25

January 25: Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

To a correspondent in 1939, Woolf found herself “reflecting upon my lack of what you possess — faith;” and asking, “how much more pervious to preaching your faith makes you than my lack?”

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Nov 28

November 28: Sir Leslie Stephen

Leslie Stephen about 1860

Stephen said he never lost his faith because he never had any and helped to bring Thomas Henry Huxley’s newly coined word, “agnostic,” into vogue.

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