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Many works of modern English literature center on religious conflicts. Several of the most important novels of the nineteenth century revolve around the loss of faith, Among the most seminal is Robert Elsmere, a novel by Mrs. Humphry Ward published in 1888, which describes the loss of faith of an Anglican Victorian clergyman and his eventual conversion to Unitarians. George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara portrays conflicting values of the Salvation army, the Church of England, and the Undershaft faith in industry and guns. Another major crisis of faith occurs in the loss of Roman Catholic faith by the narrator of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce.
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