A talk by Lee Pollock
Director and Senior Advisor to the Board,
The International Churchill Society
Sunday, September 3rd at 11:00 am
Winston Churchill is one of the most iconic figures of modern history, celebrated for his opposition to Nazi Germany and his leadership of Britain in the Second World War. All his life, Churchill believed he was destined for greatness, predicting while still a teenager, “London will be in danger and in the high position I shall occupy, it will fall to me to save the Capital and the Empire.’” On the day he became Prime Minister in May 1940, he added “I felt as if I were walking with destiny.”
While Churchill had the utmost faith in himself, his relationship with conventional religion was complex. Raised as an Anglican and nominally a Christian, he was influenced in early life by a prominent Victorian atheist, William Winwood Read. “I could hardly be called a pillar of the Church,” Churchill once remarked, “I am more in the nature of a buttress, for I support it from the outside.” And when he celebrated his 75th birthday in 1949, he quipped, “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”
Join acclaimed Churchill writer and speaker Lee Pollock as he explores the fascinating story of Winston Churchill’s relationship with God, religion and destiny.