Lincoln and Religion Hardback
by Ferenc Morton Szasz; Margaret Connell Szasz;
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Lincoln and Religion
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After surveying Lincoln's early childhood as a Hard-Shell Baptist in Kentucky and Indiana, the authors chronicle his move from scepticism to participation in Episcopal circles during his years in Springfield, and, finally, after the death of son Eddie, to Presbyterianism. They explore Lincoln's relationship with the nation's faiths as president, the impact of his son Willie's death, his adaptation of Puritan covenant theory to a nation at war, the role of prayer during his presidency, and changes in his faith as reflected in the Emancipation Proclamation and his state papers and addresses. Finally, they evaluate Lincoln's legacy as the central figure of America's civil religion, an image sharpened by his prominent position in American currency.
A closing essay by Richard W. Etulain traces the historiographical currents in the literature on Lincoln and religion, and the volume concludes with a compilation of Lincoln's own words about religion.
In assessing the enigma of Lincoln's Christianity, the authors argue that despite his lack of church membership, Lincoln lived his life through a Christian ethical framework. His years as president, dominated by the Civil War and personal loss, led Lincoln to move into a world beholden to Providence.
Lincoln and Religion by Ferenc Morton Szasz; Margaret Connell Szasz was published by Southern Illinois University Press in February 2014. The ISBN for Lincoln and Religion is 9780809333219.
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|Page last updated||26th April 2016|
|Author / Artist||Ferenc Morton Szasz; Margaret Connell Szasz|
|Publisher||Southern Illinois University Press (February 2014)|
|Number of Pages||120|