Joseph McCabe

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Joseph McCabe

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born
in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, The United Kingdom
November 12, 1867

died
January 10, 1955

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Joseph McCabe was born in Cheshire, England, on November 12, 1867 to Catholic parents. His father, William McCabe, was born in Ireland and had inherited the faith. He fled famine and poverty in Ireland and wound up in the Lancaster slums of England. Joseph's mother, Harriet Kirk, was English and converted to Catholicism when she married William. Harriet named her second son Joseph, hoping he would follow his namesake's lead and enter the church.

The McCabe children attended the local Catholic schools where Joseph attained the stature of a model pupil and a zealous believer. (The details of McCabe's early life are in his autobiography and literary classic, Eighty Years a Rebel, published by E. Haldeman-Julius.) At the age of 16 (1883) McCabe
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More books by Joseph McCabe…
“The theist and the scientist are rival interpreters of nature, the one retreats as the other advances.”
Joseph McCabe, The Existence Of God

“A law of nature is not a formula drawn up by a legislator, but a mere summary of the observed facts — a 'bundle of facts.' Things do not act in a particular way because there is a law, but we state the 'law' because they act in that way.”
Joseph McCabe, The Existence Of God

“The sentiments attributed to Christ are in the Old Testament. They were familiar in the Jewish schools and to all the Pharisees, long before the time of Christ, as they were familiar in all the civilizations of the earth — Egyptian, Babylonian, and Persian, Greek, and Hindu.”
Joseph McCabe, The Sources of the Morality of the Gospels