Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A People of One BookThe Bible and the Victorians$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Timothy Larsen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570096.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 20 November 2019



Charles Bradlaugh, Annie Besant, and ‘this indictable book’

(p.67) 3 Atheists
A People of One Book

Timothy Larsen (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Charles Bradlaugh was the most important leader of organized atheism in nineteenth-century Britain, and for some years Annie Besant was the most popular speaker in the movement after him. Bradlaugh was the president the of the National Secular Society and Besant was a vice president. Both of them had an education steeped in Scripture and both had a lifelong obsession with the Bible. Bradlaugh was essential an anti-Bible lecturer and his magnum opus was a biblical commentary on the Pentateuch. Likewise Besant, although she denounced the Bible as ‘this indictable book’, nevertheless habitually employed scriptural language when she wanted to articulate her own thoughts and experiences.

Keywords:   Charles Bradlaugh, Annie Besant, Atheists, National Secular Society

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .