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As the reader opens page one of the Lew Wallace Autobiography, the title of the first section of the opening chapter "jumps out":  "Belief in Christianity".

The following are from a section of the Lew Wallace Autobiography subtitled:
"detailed account of the writing of Ben Hur".

Lew Wallace Autobiography, pages  927 - 928:
"In 1875. . . it occurred to me to write the conceptions which I had long carried in my mind of the Wise Men." . . . . . . 
"At that time, speaking candidly, I was not in the least influenced by religious sentiment.  I had no convictions about God or Christ.  I neither believed nor disbelieved in them.
"The preachers had made no impression upon me.  My reading covered nearly every other subject.   Indifference is the word most perfectly descriptive of my feelings respecting the To-morrow of Death, as a French scientist has happily termed the succession of life. Yet when the work was fairly begun, I found myself writing reverentially, and frequently with awe*." 

In the year referred to above (1875), Lew Wallace was forty eight years old.  One can infer from the above quote that the research and writing of Ben Hur was changing his "indifference" toward Christianity. 

The publishing date of the Autobiography is 1906.  Lew Wallace died February 15, 1905 at the age of seventy seven.  Between the age of forty eight (1875) and the writing of his Autobiography, Lew Wallace's "Belief in Christianity" had made a dramatic change.

Lew Wallace Autobiography, page 1:
". . .  I wish to say that I believe absolutely in the Christian conception of God.  As far as it goes, this confession is broad and unqualified, and it ought and would be sufficient were it not that books of mine--Ben Hur and The Prince of India--have led many persons to speculate concerning my creed.  In doing so I will speak frankly, begging only that in thus finally disposing of the matter the reader will not judge me careless of the sanctities.

The above quote would seem the testimony of a "church going" Christian, but then on page 2 of the Autobiography:

I am not a member of any church or denomination, nor have I ever been.  Not that churches are objectionable to me, but simply because my freedom is enjoyable, and I do not think myself good enough to be a communicant. None the less I believe in the Divinity of Jesus Christ; and that there may be no suspicion of haggling over the word "divinity," permission is besought to quote the preface of a little volume of mine, The Boyhood of Christ [Published 1892]:  

"Should one ask of another, or wonder in himself, why I, who am neither minister of the Gospel, nor theologian, nor churchman, have presumed to write this book, it pleases me to answer him, respectfully--I wrote it to fix an impression distinctly in my mind.  Asks he for the impression thus sought to be fixed in my mind, then I would be twice happy did he content himself with this answer--"

At this point of the narrative from Boyhood of Christ, Lew Wallace details his own Christianity:

"The Jesus Christ in whom I believe was, in all the stages of his life, a human being.  His divinity was the Spirit within him, 'and the Spirit was God.'"

On page 926 of the Autobiography, Lew Wallace quotes the Book of Matthew (King James Version [KJV]) describing the beginning of Ben Hur:

"The very beginning of the book lies in a quotation from St. Matthew:"
"'Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews?  For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.'"

Lew Wallace continues after the Matthew quote with an example of how he is "frequently with awe*":

"Far back as my memory goes of things read by or to me, those lines took a hold on my imagination beyond every other passage of Scripture. How simple they are! But analyze them, and behold the points of wonder!"

Noting Lew Wallace's specific beliefs concerning Jesus Christ, quoting once again from Boyhood of Christ (also quoted in his Autobiography): "The Jesus Christ in whom I believe was, in all the stages of his life, a human being.  His divinity was the Spirit within him, 'and the Spirit was God.'"

Looking at narratives from the the Book of John concerning Christ as a "human being" "and the Spirit was God", one can find possible sources of Lew Wallace's religious beliefs:

John 3: 4 - 6 (KJV)
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 4: 23 24 (KJV)
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

John 6: 62 - 63 (KJV)
What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
It is the spirit that quickeneth [gives life]; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.