Abe Lincoln Probably Couldn’t Be Elected in Today’s Theocratic U.S.

Long lost letter discusses Lincoln's religious beliefs

I missed this earlier in the week. From The Independent UK:

A three-page letter highlighting the 16th president’s unconventional relationship with the Almighty has just been put on sale. It offers a possible insight into why he was never baptised, did not attend a church and, in defiance of political protocol of the era, would refuse to publicly discuss his spiritual beliefs. Such was his reluctance to embrace piety that, if he were standing for office today, there is a good chance he would be unelectable.

In the letter, William Herndon, “a legal partner and close friend” of Lincoln’s before he was elected President, wrote:

he is, or was, a Theist and a Rationalist, denying all extraordinary, supernatural inspiration or revelation,” it reads, before detailing the president’s spiritual evolution in the years after Herndon met him in Springfield, Illinois, in the 1840s.

“At one time in his life, to say the least, he was an elevated Pantheist, doubting the immortality of the soul as the Christian world understands that term. He believed that the soul lost its identity and was immortal as a force. Subsequent to this, he rose to the belief of a God, and this is all the change he ever underwent. I speak knowing what I say. He was a noble man – a good great man for all this.”

I wonder if Michelle Bachmann knows about this?

4 Comments on “Abe Lincoln Probably Couldn’t Be Elected in Today’s Theocratic U.S.”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Thanks for the links BB, I would have missed it too!

    • bostonboomer says:

      How are you doing? What’s your weather like?

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        Still windy, but this storm has done so much damage…Tornadoes, storms kill at least 20 in South | Reuters

        Tornadoes tore into the Carolinas on Saturday afternoon as the death toll rose to 20 people from storms across the southern United States over the last three days.

        A mechanic at a tire shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, said he took shelter in his truck while co-workers squeezed into an interior room when the storm hit on Saturday afternoon.

        “It was one hell of a storm,” said Bryan Jackson. “I started to see the roof vibrate and then the roof separated and it was gone.”

      • bostonboomer says:

        It’s supposed to be coming our way tomorrow. We are going to have rain all night tonight and tomorrow morning at least. The wind has been blowing like crazy all day long today.