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A Great Job Of Exploring An Often Overlooked Aspect of Abraham Lincoln.
on May 31, 2016
On the eve of The Civil War in April of 1861, in the eyes of many The War boiled down to the competing interests of two parties. The Northern states called themselves “The Union” and the Southern states called themselves “The Confederacy.” The Union trumpeted that they were fighting to save the Union while The Confederacy announced that they were fighting for “States Rights.”
However, there was a 3rd party who had a vested interest in this conflict, and who saw to the heart of the matter long before most White people in either The Union or The Confederacy.
African-Americans who had long-been held as slaves for close to 250 years at that point, had been praying for eons for God to release us from our bondage. We looked for signs and kept the faith. So, when the conflict erupted in 1861 between what was primarily two sections of White folks, African-Americans saw and intuited God's hand in the conflict as the source of our eventual emancipation long before any significant group of White people could “see” it. Any careful study of slave testimonies and the writings and words of free Black people documented at the time shows the spiritual and divine hand of God in the messages of African-Americans who saw to the heart of the conflict.
What does this have to do with Abraham Lincoln? Well, like many others, it took Lincoln years to evolve to the position that the emancipation of my ancestors was a purpose neither sought by White folks in the North or South in general at the outset of the conflict, but God's mightier Will was revealed in time to match what African-Americans had been saying for some time—that The Civil War was God's way of bringing about an end to slavery in America.
This book, is, in large part, the evolution of Lincoln's religious life over the course of it. While the author is a partisan for religion, this book may be the best, most open-minded and fair assessment of Lincoln;s religious life to date. The book takes the reader through the spirit and mind of Lincoln over the course of his life, in an attempt to get at his faith. This is a mighty effort and one that is worth reading, leading Lincoln to ultimately come to the conclusion, as worded in his Second Inaugural, that God's purpose in The War was to bring an end to slavery. I salute Lincoln for eventually coming around to the position maintained by a great deal of African-Americans, who lived at the same time that he did. This a great book on an often disregarded aspect of Abraham Lincoln—his faith. It is well-worth the effort of giving it a good read. A great job, this!