Happy Birthday, Abe!
Today (February 12th) is the bicentenary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Born on the Sabbath to parents who belonged to an anti-slavery Baptist church, young Abe inhabited a domestic world shaped by the stories of the Bible – and by a Calvinist worldview; and while in time Lincoln became sceptical of the idea of double predestination, he retained a deep sense of divine providence, of a God deeply, if inscrutably, engaged in human history, in grace and judgement.
f Obama’s inaugural address was a tour de force, both rhetorically and substantively, it is not least because Lincoln’s prophetic spirit – and his own inaugural speeches – inspired and pervaded it....
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