Lew Wallace, author of Ben-Hur

i have a question about the author of Ben-Hur. Was he catholic? I've been looking all of the web, but can't find an answer. I'm reading the book right now.

For some reason, I’m (almost) certain that he was not Catholic, but I can’t remember where I read or heard that.

Great book, by the way. It’s one of my favorite historical novels.

EDIT: Here’s an answer, from the website of the Wallace Study & Museum:

In 1876, after a conversation on a train with a well-known atheist, Col. Robert G. Ingersoll, Lew Wallace realized that he didn’t know as much as he would like to about his own faith. (He attended the Methodist Church off and on throughout his life, but consider himself indifferent to religion.) He thought that the idea of doing research for a book he could write would be the best motivation for him to tackle reading the Bible. He had already written a short story describing the journey of the wise men to Bethlehem—a subject which has fascinated him since he was very young. This became the first book of Ben-Hur, with the rest of the novel describing the “religious and political conditions of the world at the time of the coming,” as he says in his Autobiography. Although he may have been indifferent to religion before writing the book, he says in the preface to The First Christmas, 1899, that the act of writing resulted in “a conviction amounting to absolute belief in God and the divinity of Christ.”


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