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Eminent Atheists, Humanists, Rationalists
and Free Thinkers
Charles Watts (1835-1906)
Charles Watts (1835-1906) belonged, with his family, to the Methodist church until he was sixteen years of age. In 1866, he declared himself to be an Atheist. He delivered several hundred lectures in England, Wales, and Scotland on theological, social, and political subjects. He also met in debate all of the leading exponents of the Christian faith in those nations. Watts contributed "The History of Freethought," which was the first systematic survey of the kind. This compilation was later published separately, undated, under the title of Freethought: its Rise, Progress and Triumph.