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There was an emptiness at the funeral of Charles Bradlaugh, a belligerent British atheist. Writer Arthur Porritt recalls:

“No prayer was said at the grave. Indeed, not a single word was uttered. The remains placed in alight coffin, were lowered into the earth in a quite unceremonious fashion as if carrion were being hustled out of sight… I came away heart-frozen. It only then dawned on me that loss of faith in the continuity of human personality after death gives death an appalling victory.”