It was on this date, February 7, 1885, that Nobel-winning American novelist Sinclair Lewis was born in Sauk Centre, a prairie village in Minnesota, the son of a country doctor. As a boy he was interested in all religions, but particularly the Roman Catholic Church, yet he taught Protestant Sunday School as a youth and into college. It was in college that Lewis lost most of the religion he had, writing as part of his credo, “No cant about Sabbath, & priesthoods & gods, & saints, & blasphemy … If there be saints – they are Voltaire – as well as Christ; Shelley as well as St. Paul.”
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Originally published February 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.
Six weeks before her death, Rose gave a copy of a speech, "In Defense of Atheism," to the London Freethinker. An Atheist to the last, Rose said there was nothing in it to alter.