The Great Rewrite: Secularism and Nineteenth-Century Wales

Lengthy but fascinating piece about the rise of secularism in Wales. I’m a member of the National Secular Society, by the way.

5 Responses to “The Great Rewrite: Secularism and Nineteenth-Century Wales”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    Annie Besant, secular? Pull the other one! She was prominent in the secular movement in order to oppose institutional Christianity. (I’m no fan of institutional Christianity myself; as a committed Christian I echo the New Testament view that it is about personal change, not political.) Annie Besant was deeply committed to eastern mystical religion.

  2. Bryn Jones Says:

    It’s good to see a mention of H. W. Lloyd Tanner, professor of mathematics and astronomy at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, in connection with the unsuccessful attempts to have him removed from his position because of his connections with the National Secular Society.

    However, I don’t concur with the mention of `the Liberal-Nonconformist elites’ in the same sentence: the elites in the early 1880s were predominantly the Anglican establishment. Some privileged Liberals were also found among the establishment, and occasionally nonconformists, but nonconformists were mostly the excluded and disadvantaged. Indeed, it was the former Liberal home secretary Lord Aberdare who had led the defence of Tanner.

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