Lincoln and Religion - Concise Lincoln Library (Hardback)
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Lincoln and Religion - Concise Lincoln Library (Hardback)

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Hardback 120 Pages / Published: 14/03/2014
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Abraham Lincoln's faith has commanded more broad-based attention than that of any other American president. Although he never joined a denomination, Baptists, Presbyterians, Quakers, Episcopalians, Disciples of Christ, Spiritualists, Jews, and even atheists claim the sixteenth president as one of their own. In this concise volume, Ferenc Morton Szasz and Margaret Connell Szasz offer both an accessible survey of the development of Lincoln's religious views and an informative launch pad for further academic inquiry. A singular key to Lincoln's personality, especially during the presidential years, rests with his evolving faith perspective.

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.

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780809333219
Number of pages: 120
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
""Lincoln and Religion" is an intelligently constructed work upon which conversations regarding Lincoln s religious allegiances and implications can be aptly built." "Foreword"

This welcome addition to the Concise Lincoln Library by the late Ferenc Morton Szasz deftly picks its way through the minefield constituted by the historical controversies regarding Lincoln s religious beliefs. It shows brilliantly how Lincoln has become the central figure in a civil religion and presents a carefully nuanced answer to the perennial question; Was Lincoln a Christian? The book is a worthy companion to Professor Szasz s "Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns: Connected Lives and Legends," also published by Southern Illinois University Press. Michael Burlingame, Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, University of Illinois Springfield

This book is ashort, able, and important contribution to religion, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War. A good read, but beyond that, Richard W. Etulain provides an excellent summary of the subject from 1866 to today, and Sara Gabbard compiles great quotes from Lincoln on the topic of religion. If you are going to read a short book about the subject, this is the""book. Gabor S. Boritt, author of "The Will of God Prevails"
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"Lincoln and Religion is an intelligently constructed work upon which conversations regarding Lincoln's religious allegiances and implications can be aptly built."--Foreword

"This welcome addition to the Concise Lincoln Library by the late Ferenc Morton Szasz deftly picks its way through the minefield constituted by the historical controversies regarding Lincoln's religious beliefs. It shows brilliantly how Lincoln has become the central figure in a civil religion and presents a carefully nuanced answer to the perennial question; Was Lincoln a Christian? The book is a worthy companion to Professor Szasz's Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns: Connected Lives and Legends, also published by Southern Illinois University Press."--Michael Burlingame, Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, University of Illinois Springfield

"This book is a short, able, and important contribution to religion, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War. A good read, but beyond that, Richard W. Etulain provides an excellent summary of the subject from 1866 to today, and Sara Gabbard compiles great quotes from Lincoln on the topic of religion. If you are going to read a short book about the subject, this is thebook."--Gabor S. Boritt, author of The Will of God Prevails



Perhaps the book's most significant contribution is its expression of the centrality of religion to nineteenth-century Americans and the ways religious ideologies and rhetoric played a role in political discourse. For most students, this will be a new idea; and the knowledge that Abraham Lincoln arguably understood that connection better than most politicians and political observers of his era will open up a new dimension of Lincoln's famous words with which most students are already acquainted. As Szasz explains so succinctly, "during the Civil War era, politics, religion, and sacred language overlapped on a variety of fronts" (49).--Stacy Pratt McDermott, Lincoln in Brief: A Review Essay
--Stacy Pratt Mcdermott"The Annals of Iowa/State Historical Society of Iowa" (05/31/2017)

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