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No discussion regarding the popularity of atheism and agnosticism in the Twentieth Century would be complete without mentioning the writings of Joseph McCabe (18671955). Earlier in his life he was known as Father Anthony, a British priest who lorded over a small Catholic college until his interest in rationalism devoured his faith and he abandoned the cloth for the Freethought Movement. A prolific writer, he authored one volume in 1915, The War and the Churches, that put forth the notion that the church was complicit in the 1914-1918 war.

The attached is a book review of McCabe's 1921 A Biographical Dictionary of Modern Rationalists, in which the reader will "find the names of 3,000 men and women who [are] described as the elite of the heretics of modern times".

In 1900 people wanted to know why men didn't like going to church...

     


The Decline of the Church (Current Opinion, 1921)

The Decline of the Church (Current Opinion, 1921)

The Decline of the Church (Current Opinion, 1921)

The Decline of the Church (Current Opinion, 1921)

The Decline of the Church (Current Opinion, 1921)

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