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Gifford, Lord Adam (1820-1887), jurist, Founder of the Gifford Lectures. " The Gifford Lectures fell, as all such foundations by freethinkers do, under the influence of the clergy, and are mainly used in the interest of religion. Gifford himself was not only not a Christian but not even a theist. In his Lectures Delivered on Various Occassions (1889)-privately printed lest his heresies become generally known-he enthusiastically follows Emerson in ethics and Spinoza in philosophy. "We are," he says, "parts of the Infinite-literally, strictly, scientifically" (p.
Returning to the States he made a fortune and entered politics, serving as Secretary to the Treasury at one time and then Minister to France. " They soon wormed their way in, of course, and Gallatin walked out in disgust. His son James confirms in his diary that his father was a follower of Voltaire. M. (1867-1933), eminent British writer and Nobel Prize winner. He was not only one of the leading writers of his time but an idealist of the purest type. " He gave away the Nobel money prize and maintained charities which remained secret until he died.
Galdos, Benito Perez (1845-1920) greatest Spanish writer of the last century. He wrote 70 novels and a score of plays. A large number of his novels (Episodios Nacionales) form a series that tells the history of Spain's long struggle against royalty and the Church. Some of his dramas also were strongly anti-clerical, and he was Republican Member of the Cortes (Congress) for Madrid. No other man did as much as this distinguished atheist for the emancipation of Spain. " Gallatin, Albert (1761-1849), statesman.