Charles Bradlaugh

Allan Bennet, writing as Ananda Maitriya, in The Law of Righteousness mentions Charles Bradlaugh.

“And so it is that to us of the Buddhist Faith the character of such a man as the great English politician, Charles Bradlaugh, who looked for no future past the gates of Death, and yet worked gloriously for liberty and good, is grander by far and nobler than that of any greatest martyr of the Theistic creeds, who, if they have silently endured torture and persecution, or gone singing to the flames, have been upheld and inspired by what to us seems only selfishness:—the hope that they might gain a life of bliss beyond.” [via]


Charles Bradlaugh is also mentioned in a significant number of Aleister Crowley documents in the collection, for example this selection:

“It is not possible to find a common ground for intellectual discussion between Charles Bradlaugh and Charles Sprugeon, because Bradlaugh bases everything upon the mind, and Spurgeon merely remarks ‘The carnal mind is enmity against God.'”

Liber DCCCLXXXVIII The Gospel According to St. Bernard Shaw

“May we submit in reply to this firstly that there are quite a number of people (from Laotze to Charles Bradlaugh) who are quite sound about Barabbas and the Life Force, yet who have not know or felt what they are here asserted to have done? Nor do the vast majority of students of economics (and the rest of it) find that their practical conclusions are virtually those either of Jesus or of Mr. Bernard Shaw.”

Liber DCCCLXXXVIII The Gospel According to St. Bernard Shaw

“Mr. Shaw knows this as well as I do. He thought (I doubt not) to make his preface a subtle sidelong thrust at Jesus; but the weapon will turn in his hand. He had better have trusted to the broadsword of Bradlaugh.”

Liber DCCCLXXXVIII The Gospel According to St. Bernard Shaw

“The anti-Christians were in fact as prone to split up into sects as the non-conformists themselves. Bradlaugh’s personality was big enough to enable him to keep any differences that he may have had with Huxley in the background, but the successors of these paladins were degenerate.”

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, Chapter 60

“The system of social snobbery was to continue concurrently with the boast of the triumph of democratic principles. In every subject which might give rise to controversy there was a tacit agreement not to tell the truth. The people who persecuted Byron, Shelley, Darwin, Bradlaugh and Foote smiled amiably at the much more outspoken blasphemies of Bernard Shaw. The hollowness of Christianity and feudalism became shameless. No one dared to defend his convictions, if indeed he possessed them.”

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, Chapter 75

“Theism! The convolution with the cause-idea lying too close to the convolution with the fear-idea. And imagination at work on the nexus! About 24 mu between Charles Bradlaugh and Cardinal Newman!”

From the diaries of Aleister Crowley as quoted in The Soul-Hunter

“What the man in the street means by Atheist is the militant Atheist, Bradlaugh or Foote; and it is a singular characteristic of the Odium Theologicum that, instead of arguing soberly concerning the proposition, which those worthies put forward, they always try to drag the red herring of morality across the track.”

Concerning Blasphemy in General and the Rites of Eleusis in General


Charles Bradlaugh is also mentioned in a number of other documents in the collection, such as this example:

“‘Christ Scientist’ and Jesus the Mahatma are preached by people whom Peter would have struck dead as worse infidels than Simon Magus; and the Atonement; is preached by Baptist and Congregationalist ministers whose views of the miracles are those of Ingersoll and Bradlaugh.”

Preface to Androcles and the Lion by George Bernard Shaw, on which Aleister Crowley is commenting in Liber DCCCLXXXVIII The Gospel According to St. Bernard Shaw


You can find a lot of other references on the site to Charles Bradlaugh through a simple site search such as: Bradlaugh


And, recently, a number of additional books by Charles Bradlaugh have been made available via Project Gutenberg. A couple of the newest works to be added there are:

You can find a full listing of the works of Charles Bradlaugh available at Project Gutenberg at Books by Bradlaugh, Charles (sorted by popularity)


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