That there was genuine depression in the great man's spirit is not surprising, D. Lincoln valued the Bible precisely because of its assistance to struggling men at this point. Though harsh criticism naturally wounded him, it did not break Lincoln and the chief reason why it did not break him was that he had abundant spiritual resources. Lincoln's handwriting is so legible that the letter is a joy to read. The reference here to five years takes us back to 1841 when the first of the major changes in Lincoln's way of thinking occurred.
Those who claimed that Lincoln was really an unbeliever could say that his public utterances were made for political effect, but the fragment preserved by Hay was not intended for public consumption at all. Trueblood also dismantles some of the common arguments that Lincoln was not a believer, noting for example the mountains of evidence - including Lincoln's own words - that Lincoln in fact had a profound belief in Christianity even if there are some indications that he wasn't completely orthodox , in contrast to the lone claim of one-time colleague William H. Only Lincoln's religious convictions explain how the President combined moral resoluteness and a shrewd ability to compromise; how he manifested certainty in committing troops to defend the promise of liberty while not succumbing to the traps of self-righteousness or triumphalism; how he could be both certain in the rightness of his cause in the face of horrible consequences to his decisions and a deep humility and openness to receiving help and insight from others. And yet, his reading of Lincoln's words leaves their meaning so transparently clear that no interpretation is necessary. No one else has confirmed this except the late Dr. There is starting this, yet there is also tenderness; there is melancholy, yet there is also humor: there is moral law, yet there is also compassion. Though the two did not see each other again, their correspondence continued.
The President's responding letter, dated September 4, 1864, is one of the most reveal11 The Spiritual Pilgrimage of Abrabam Lincoln ing of his letters to anybody. Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag. This led him to leave his tenured full professorship at Stanford to go to Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, as a professor of philosophy. He saw them as superior places for undergraduate education, where teaching was emphasized and where close faculty-student relationships could be naturally fostered - strong interests for him as a gifted classroom teacher. Sperry, of Harvard, and the late Reinhold Niebuhr, of Union Theological Seminary, are preeminent.
Although never the house-guest intimate of presidents the way his friend Billy Graham was, he had some familiarity with the White House through visits there with several presidents, Democrats and Republicans. The best contribution of a really great man is not limited to a particular time and to particular issues. An important example of Lincoln's recognition of the change in his own ideas is provided by a handbill which he wrote and distributed in July, 1846, when he was thirty-seven years of age. He did not fit into a neat box of Christianity but his spirituality, his dependence upon God for divine guidance and his maturity provide an example for all of us to follow. The solemnity of the occasion was exceedingly impressive, especially when the President began to speak. One indirect evidence was the moral strength exhibited in his reaction to vicious criticism. It was this compelling dream that provided Lincoln with his deepest opposition to human slavery.
He emphasized that non-violent way should be central to human relations and ongoing international policy. No individual can possibly read all that has been written about Abraham Lincoln, but anyone can read, in a few years, what he himself wrote. Lincoln's law partner did not know him in his years of greatest spiritual growth, but there is also a deeper reason for the manifest error. He was a who supported Nixon's , including the , and gave the at the. His Yokefellow funders included some of his past students, such as developer Charles Samuel Coble, whom Trueblood taught and also coached in track in the late 1920s at Guilford College.
He built a home on the campus where he lived until 1988. Fortunately, however, this statement does not stand alone, but is supported by a mass of evidence of unimpeachable quality. Lincoln's letter addressed to Mrs. One of his final books was an titled While it is Day, which traced his personal journey from boyhood in and placed his personal history in the context of the history of his family's long connection with Quakerism. Because the misunderstandings about President Lincoln's faith have been both numerous and damaging, it is important to try to discover the objective truth about it.
He was keenly aware of how easy it is to fall into gutters on both the right and the left and that the only true alternative to both of them is the narrow road. . I don't know many books that really lay out the details of someone's spiritual journey. In a real sense he spoke out of the fulness of his heart. Trueblood went to great lengths to document this man's spiritual growth This book was good reading and we were able to understand his decisions as President at this interesting period and his dreams for the future of America in the context of his spiritual growth. Trueblood argues that Lincoln experienced profound spiritual growth primarily through experiencing great suffe This book, written by Elton Trueblood, is a penetrating, well-researched look at Abraham Lincoln's theological convictions. The blow came when the public causes of discouragement were mounting and when the beleaguered man needed all of the time and strength he could muster to deal with the disunity of the country.
As the forty-nine months in the Presidency wore on, the evidences of Lincoln's spiritual maturity were multiplied. On August 18, 1863, Mrs. Gurney felt strongly led to seek an audience with the sorrowing President. Somehow he was able to care for the two younger children still at home, tend his sick wife, and start a new job. Friends churches were hiring pastors either with training from other denominational seminaries or else with nothing more than a college degree with a religion major.
Soon after the second Battle of Bull Run, which had disappointed the President sorely, Hay found and saved the little masterpiece which provides us with the very best evidence of the profundity of his faith. One outcome of the second family bereavement was a new confidence which appeared vividly in the middle of 1862 and which, after that, was never wholly absent from Lincoln's character. Trueblood was remarried in 1956 to Virginia Zuttermeister in ceremonies held at the. Nowhere is this more obvious than in his employment of Biblical quotations. Those who find it, at any historical moment, are few, but this is where the permanent truth is located. By 1863, after all of the agony which he had endured and all the Divine Guidance which he had experienced, his religious language was both forthright and unapologetic.
Instead of asking what Lincoln's religion was, Trueblood focused on Lincoln's thinking about religion - in his opinion, a far more interesting question. Professor Trueblood interprets the writings of Lincoln as he would the scriptures. Our best evidence comes not from the opinions of others, but from the revelations provided by the man himself. In this context, he was able to avoid the personal bitterness which otherwise seemed inevitable. This is the best book on Lincoln's faith ever written bar none. My reply is a two-fold one.