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Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic to Prophet Hardcover – September 1, 1995


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  • Hardcover: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Mayhaven Publishing; 1st edition (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878044362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878044365
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...the best book ever written about Abraham Lincoln's religious views... . this fascinating book is based on total mastery of the sources on Abarham Lincoln, and it will offer revelations even to those who have studied Lincoln for years. --David Herbert Donald, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

...fresh information about the Sixteenth President...challenges some traditional interpretations...unsentimental analysis of Mary Todd Linocln... the peculiar cicumstances surrounder her wedding will raise many eyebrows. --Dr. Michael Burlingame, Connecticut College

....Abraham Lincoln: from Skeptic to Prophet is the most complete and reliable treatment about the subject to date, and convincingly illustrates how America's greatest president came to be one of the nation's greatest spiritual leaders.... --Steven K. Rogstad, Lincoln Felowship of Wisconsin

About the Author

Dr. Wayne C. Temple has been called the greatest living Lincoln historian. He is a researcher whose discoveries have added significantly to the study of Lincoln and whose expertise is sought by virtually every beginning and established researcher of Lincoln. He has authored or contributed to literally hundreds of articles and books about Lincoln. He has edited various publications, including 15 years as editor-in-chief for the The Lincoln Herald. He is an Honored Member of state, national and international organizations including the Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission, the Royal Society of Arts, and received The Lincoln Medallion for his contributions to the Revised Edition of Lincoln Day By Day: 1809-1865. He has served as Professor and Lecturer before the U.S. Congress, West Point, University of Illinois etc. Dr. Temple also held the John Wingate Weeks Endowed Chair at Lincoln Memorial University. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, can be seen on the history channel, and will be included in an upcoming PBS documentary on Lincoln. Other books by Temple on Lincoln include: By Square & Compass, Saga of the Lincoln Home; The Taste Is In My Mouth A Little...Lincoln's Victuals and Potables; Lincoln and Illinois' Fifth Capitol (co-authored with Sunderine Wilson Temple); and the upcoming Lincoln's Travels on the River Queen During the Last Days of His Life.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic To Prophet by Wayne C. Temple (historian and former editor of the "Lincoln Herald") is a uniquely comprehensive study of an often-overlooked aspect of the man who saw the United States of America through the turmoil of the Civil War. This scholarly and seminal treatise focuses in-depth specifically upon President Lincoln's religious views. Extremely heavily researched, filled with references to primary sources and black-and-white photographs of portraits, places, and documented evidence, Abraham Lincoln From Skeptic to Prophet leaves no stone unturned in its search to uncover precisely what Lincoln believed during the different phases of his life. Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic To Prophet is an impressive work and a "must-read" for anyone studying the life, times, and personality of Abraham Lincoln.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marvin Granger on September 6, 2013
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Wayne Temple's book doesn't have an agenda to make Lincoln fit into an agenda. Lincoln's spiritual life was very complex.
He clearly had leanings toward fatalism from early in life which were finally expressed in his second inaugural address. During
the Civil War he became interested in the sermons of a Washington D.C. Presbyterian clergyman; but Lincoln never joined a
church.
Temple's book is the best I've read on Lincoln's spiritual life. Another good one is Ronald C. White's book on the second
inaugural address.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lincolniana on August 12, 2010
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This book relies heavily on research, wich is only as good as the sources used for such research, and the Corroborating evidence from many different verifiable documents, and factual history. Difficult read for me! With such a large selection of more competent authors of lincoln non-fiction.
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