Joseph McCabe (1867-1955) was one of the most prolific authors of all time. He was brought up as a Roman Catholic, worked on Latin documents, and made himself very well-informed about Christianity, but turned against it. But he was extremely naive about Jews; bear this in mind.

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Mommsen, Prof. Theodor (1817-1903), German historian and Nobel Prize winner. The famous historian was a professor of law at Leipzig University when he took part in the Revolution of 1848, and was deposed. In 1858 he was appointed Professor of ancient history at Berlin University, and came to be regarded as the greatest authority on ancient Rome and one of the foremost scholars of Germany. His biographer, L. M. Hartmann (Theodor Mommsen, 1908), says that he "left Christianity for Deism, then Deism for Atheism" (p. 64). In later years he used a vague Theistic language, but hated what he called Kaplanocracy (the rule of priests), and he left his superb History of Rome (5 vols., 1854-85) unfinished because "he found no pleasure in describing the substitution of the Nazarene for the ancient spirit."

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