Traveling with Twain

In Search of America's Identity

Mark Silk describes atheism in Twain’s era and the parallels with Christopher Hitchens

Mark Silk heads the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public life at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. He is the author of Unsecular Media: Making News of Religion in America and other books about religion in the United States. As Mark Twain grew older he became increasingly skeptical about human beings and their institutions. “There is no sadder thing than a young pessimist,” Twain wrote, “except an old optimist.” In this Dan Tham video Silk discusses Twain’s skepticism about religion.

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