Abraham Lincoln: Theologian of American Anguish

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HarperCollins, Jan 15, 1973 - Religion - 149 pages

Many writers have explored Lincoln's leadership; others have debated Lincoln's ambiguous religious identity. But in this classic work, Christian philosopher and statesman Elton Trueblood reveals how Lincoln's leadership skills flowed directly from his religious convictions—which explains how the president was able to combine what few leaders can hold together: moral resoluteness with a shrewd ability to compromise; confidence in his cause while refusing to succumb to the traps of self-righteousness or triumphalism; and a commitment to victory while never losing sight of his responsibility for—or the humanity of—his enemy. These rich meditations offer deep wisdom and insight on one of the most effective leaders of all time.

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Contents

The Spiritual Pilgrimage of Abraham Lincoln
3
The Agonizing Interlude
26
Lincoln and the Bible
48
Copyright

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About the author (1973)

Elton Trueblood (1900-1994) wrote several bestselling religious titles and taught philosophy at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.

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