Mark Twain on religion

Portrait of Samuel Clemens as a youth holding ...
Portrait of Samuel Clemens as a youth holding a printer’s composing stick with letters SAM. Daguerreotype; sixth plate. Plate mark: Scovill. Inscribed in case well: G.H.[?] Jones Jonco? / Hannibal Mo / 1850 / Nov. 29th. On case pad: Samuel L. Clem-/ens – [illegible] / Taken Dec. 1850 / Age 15. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Samuel Clemens was born in Missouri in 1835 and when he became a writer he adopted the pen name Mark Twain. He was called the father of American literature and died in 1910.

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Mark Twain images (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Becky Thatch...
Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Becky Thatcher in Injun Joe’s cave. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remember, as a boy, reading Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and recall, without hesitation, that I thoroughly enjoyed them both. However, nearly sixty years have passed since then and I could not possibly remember why. It seems it was just so. Recently I discovered that Mark Twain, even though he was not believed to be an atheist, had very strong views on religion. In an excellent article, from Brain Pickings, his views are well documented and make for fascinating reading.




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  1. Mark Twain is a favorite of mine. I bet what you remember, if not his stories, is his sense of humor. In California he is famous for his story about the jumping frogs of Calaveras County (a contest held to this day) and his comment on the unexpected weather in San Francisco: “The coldest winter I ever spent was one summer in San Francisco.”

    His pen name comes from his time working on riverboats. A “mark” is a measure on a weighted cord and when the boy sang out “mark twain” it meant a safe water depth of two fathoms (about 12 feet).

    1. Hi Cinda. I only found out a bit about him recently after I read his take on religion. Although I read his books when I was at school I didn’t learn about him. The more we learn we realise how much more we don’t know!!

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