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[2] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abe Lincoln's “Faith Journey” In His Own Words

[3] "CHRISTIPEDIA™" - 25-SCHOLARS SPEAK on Abe-Lincoln’s Bible Knowledge;

[4] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln, Dateline to Salvation, then Assassination!

[5] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln: His Boyhood Church at Pigeon Creek:

[6] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln, His Religion and Beliefs

[7] "AMERIPEDIA™" - Abraham Lincoln: 1000 of His Best Quotes

[8] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln Declares USA Founded on ‘SPIRIT of CHRISTIANITY

[9] "AMERIPEDIA™" – President Abraham Lincoln HIS GREATEST QUOTES

[10] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln: HIS POWER and PRINCIPLES

[11] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abe Lincoln: He had an “A.C.E. SCHOOL TYPE”-Education

[12] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln: His COMMON BELIEFS

[13] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Lincoln’s GETTYSBURG ADDRESS being CORRUPTED by Politicians

[14] "AMERIPEDIA™" – ABRAHAM LINCOLN: His Gettysburg Address

[15] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln: His Second Inaugural Address

[16] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln: Does He Speak To Muslim Terrorism Today?

[17] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln: His 1862 Proclamation… “PRECEDING”... The Emancipation Proclamation

[18] "AMERIPEDIA™" – President Abraham Lincoln’s “Emancipation Proclamation”

[19] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln: His MOST IMPORTANT Document

[20] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln: His Pro-Religious Quotes

[21] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Personal Handbill’ on “Believing-The-Scriptures”


[23] "AMERIPEDIA™" – President Lincoln’s “Proclamation for Repentance, Fasting, and Prayer

[24] "AMERIPEDIA™" – WEALTH BUILDING Principles of Abe Lincoln

[25] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abe Lincoln Files: Web’s Largest Commentary on Lincoln

[26] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln: His 1862 Proclamation… “PRECEEDING”... The Emancipation Proclamation

[27] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln v. George W. Bush: Liberation Legacy-1

[28] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln v. George W. Bush: Liberation Legacy-2

[29] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Lincoln Reads Bible to His Son “THE DESTROYERS”

[30] "AMERIPEDIA™" - "ABE LINCOLN STORIES: 100 Pages Long!"

[31] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln: “The Second Confiscation Act” of 1862:

[32] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln: Books Written About Him

[33] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln: His Salvation Testimony, His Wife, Pastors, Others

[34] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln, A Man of CONSTANT Prayer!

[35] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham-Lincoln--Powerful-Believer-in-PROVIDENCE

[36] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abraham Lincoln: A BRIEF BIO

[37] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Are These the Greatest Words Ever Written in English?

[38] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Young Abraham Lincoln, THE GREAT PATRIOT

[39] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Young Abraham Lincoln, His Address at LYCEUM 1838

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Abraham Lincoln


25 Scholars Report on President Lincoln as a Bible Scholar!

LINCOLN CHRISTIAN POLICY CENTER™ - Researching how Lincoln's Beliefs effected His Government;

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    Abe Lincoln: He may be the Greatest Democratically-Elected Leader ever!

    More books have been written about "Honest Abe" than any other human being who ever lived - except Jesus Christ.

    More statues have been erected to President Abraham Lincoln than any other person who ever lived . . . also excepting Jesus Christ!

    Of thousands of Presidential Monuments in the USA dedicated to the 44 presidents:

      >> One-third are dedicated to Abraham Lincoln,

      >> One-third are to the Founding Fathers,

      >> And one-third to all the rest.

    On a world-wide stage, the difference is even more striking.

    The statues in memory to Abraham Lincoln exceed all other USA presidents combined, several times over!

    In fact, the books and statues to Abraham Lincoln exceed the books and statures for the other TOP-10 American Presidents - combined:


    What made Abraham Lincoln so great?

    There is a 'Secret'!

    There is a great secret! Abraham Lincoln was the original "Mr. Republican!" (and founder of the Republican Party) Lincoln was a man extremely dedicated to the following:

      [1] Beliefs,

      [2] Principles,

      [3] Ideals . . .

RATHER THAN . . . just winning elections.

    Thus Abraham Lincoln failed in more quests than he succeeded, and lost more elections than he won, but when he finally won, he had Proven Principles upon which to lead wisely and govern greatly!

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Abraham Lincoln!


Abraham Lincoln and Jesus Christ, Compared for Students, Disciples:

The Mystery of Lincoln's Attraction!

Jesus Christ!

    Of whom 'Five-New-Books-Are-Written-About-Him-Every-Single-Day, with over 300-MILLION copies of His Words printed every year, formally (in the western world) . . . (and 'mere-mortals boast of "BEST SELLING BOOKS that reach a 'few million in a "Life-Time?"). . .

    . . . and there are 24,000-plus new Christian Titles in the USA each year, not to mention the many "Top-Sellers" that attract new readers year after year, plus the "Classics" that have been selling for centuries . . .

    . . . from the Pilgrim's Bible (now 450 years old), the KJV Bible (400 years old in 2011) Pilgrims Progress (the largest selling book of all time after the Bible, Matthew Henry's Commentary and Adam Clarke's Commentaries (on every preacher's desk in the free world!)

    . . . and this 24,000 new Christian Books is just from the USA alone!


    Only God knows just how many books are written about Jesus, how many copies of His Words, how many books about ministry, Church leadership, Christianity, etc., are written in the 230 nations of the world, . . .

    . . . especially with the greatest Christian growth taking place in Hispanic-Latino Nations, China, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

    At least one such researcher places the figures at 100 new books about Jesus every day, 100,000 new book titles per year, and a billion copies of the Words of Jesus EVERY YEAR, world-wide!

    Additionally, there has been at least 'One-New-Book-Written-About-Jesus-Every-Day . . . For-Over-A-THOUSAND-YEARS'; with more statues erected to 'His Honor' in every land, than anyone can tell . . . because they are neither counted, nor known, for multitude.

    What does this have to do with Abraham Lincoln?

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Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln, More Books about Him than Jesus Christ?

Lincoln: The World Studies Him!

    After Jesus Christ, however, there have been more books written about Abraham Lincoln than any other person who ever lived - about 16,000 books as of 2009:

    [SOURCE: Craig Symonds, Author of "Lincoln, His Admirers"].

After Jesus, there have been more seekers, writers, readers and admirers about Abraham Lincoln - the humble, countrified, leader who never-even-attended-grade-school - much less college!

Abraham Lincoln, somewhat 'ill-bred' (crude, some declared!) but born and raised in a 'three-sided-log cabin' (the fourth side open to winds, rains and the winter elements; the family protected by a fire from the panthers and bears prowling at night!

Yet Lincoln has been studied, written and read about more than any other human being:

    >> more than any King, Pharaoh, Caesar, or Czar;

    >> more than any Dictator, Emperor, President or Prime Minister;

    >> more than any Shah, Ayatollah, Imam or General of Armies;

    >> more than any Scientist, Philosopher, Musician, Sports or TV Star;

    >> In fact - according to some research - there have been more books about Lincoln than all other US Presidents: combined!

Thus by so many searching-and-researching Lincoln’s Life, everything knowable should already be known:


    NOT correct!

If you inquire about Abraham Lincoln's faith, you will find every position of faith possible postulated and thus attributed: from Angry-Atheist and Super-Skeptic to Antagonistically-Agnostic and Doubting-Deist;

From Trusting-Theist and Effervescent-Evangelical to unaffiliated yet Fervently-Faithful to God, His Christ, His Word, His people, His Church and His day . . . those supporting EACH POSITION have a dozen personal "quotes" to prove their particular point of view.

"What is Truth?” Pilate asked Jesus!

To figure out this fascinating figure's faith, see "Abraham Lincoln: Journey of Faith!"

[2] "AMERIPEDIA™" – Abe Lincoln's “Faith Journey” In His Own Words




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    Abraham Lincoln, Bible Scholar

    25 Scholars Report on President Lincoln as a Bible Scholar!

    FACT: More books have been written about Lincoln than any other person EXCEPT Jesus Christ!

    Scholars Affirm: Lincoln had Deep Knowledge of Bible:

    Stephen Douglas, Abraham's Lincoln's presidential opponent:

      Seeking to disparage Lincoln, Douglas actually paid him a great compliment by saying:

      "He has a proneness for quoting scripture."

    [SOURCE: Stephen Douglas on Abraham's Lincoln: ].

    Scholar William Wolf, Researcher wrote:

      "President Lincoln’s deep knowledge of the scriptures could not have come without regular study."

    [SOURCE: William J. Wolf; "The Almost Chosen People: A Study of the Religion of Abraham Lincoln" - Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1959].

    Lincoln Scholar Paul Angle noted:

      “There was one book...which left its mark on much of what he wrote. That was the Bible. Upon a familiarity which extended back to his youth he could always depend.”[4]

    Historian Michael Nelson wrote:

      “For all his humor (good nature), Lincoln was consumed by religion as a subject, as well as by the Bible, a book that all of his biographers agree he had read and studied assiduously since his youth. Although disdainful of (denominational-divisive) Christianity in its cruder, frontier forms, Lincoln seems to have been open to, even seeking, an account of the faith that rang true on grounds of reason and justice.” [5]

    Religious Scholar Earl Schwartz wrote:

      “Lincoln’s legacy, far more than any other president, has, over time, become inextricably bound up with the words and themes of the Bible. He has been endowed repeatedly with biblical features – sometimes cast as Moses, on other occasions as Father Abraham, and yet again as a fiery prophet or martyred savior.

      An aura of prophetic authority has accrued to his own words, heightened by his skillful use of literary devices that are also characteristic of biblical texts.” [6]

    Scholar Elton Trueblood wrote:

    For Mr. Lincoln, the Bible brought him a lifetime of education. Scholar Elton Trueblood wrote of Mr. Lincoln:

      “While it is generally recognized that young Lincoln heard many passages from the Bible both in his cabin home and in the Baptist meeting house, it is not equally known that he also encountered it in his fragmentary schooling. In this, as in so many aspects of his development, our most reliable evidence is that provided by the man himself.

      One day in the White House, as the President was speaking to Senator John B. Henderson, he was suddenly reminded of his early education.

        "Henderson," he asked, "did you ever attend an old blab school? Yes? Well, so did I, and what little schooling I got in early life was in that way. I attended such a school in a log schoolhouse in Indiana where we had no reading books or grammars, and all our reading was done from the Bible.

        We stood in a long line and read in turn from it."

    Thus, Lincoln read the Bible and heard it read before his father could afford to own a copy. According to his kinsman, Dennis Hanks, a family Bible was not purchased until 1819, when Abraham was ten years old.” [7]

    White House Staff Julia Taft Bayne wrote:

    Julia Taft Bayne, a teenager who spent much of 1861 at the White House supervising her brother and their playmates, the two youngest Lincoln boys, recalled:

      ”It is well known, of course, that Mr. Lincoln was a great reader of the Bible, but I have a notion, without knowing exactly why I have it, that at the beginning of the war, he read the Bible quite as much for [relaxation] as he did for its religious or spiritual content.

      Perhaps I have this notion from his attitude when reading it. He read it in the relaxed, almost lazy attitude of a man enjoying a good book....

      I recall his saying... in reply to Tad’s plea as to why he had to go to Sunday-school. ‘Every person should know ...the Bible and the Bible stories, Tad,’ answered his father.” [8]

Scholar Clarence Edward Macartney wrote:

Mr. Lincoln’s knowledge of the Bible was impressive.

After he heard that only 400 persons attended the Ohio convention nominating John C. Frémont for President in May 1864,

    “Lincoln took his Bible up from his desk and after a little search came upon the passage which told of David and the company which gathered about him at the cave of Adullam when he was pursued and persecuted by King Saul:

      ‘And everyone that was in distress, and everyone that was in debt, and everyone that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them; and there were with him about four hundred men.’ (I Samuel 22:2.).

    Thus the president used his knowledge of the Bible to describe and ridicule the critics, complainers, and malcontents who had gathered about Fremont,” wrote Clarence Edward Macartney in Lincoln and the Bible. [9]

In his reply to Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas’s criticisms at the beginning of their 1858 campaign,

    Mr. Lincoln said: “My friend has said to me that I am a poor hand to quote Scripture. I will try it again, however. It is said in one of the admonitions of the Lord, ‘As your Father in Heaven is perfect, be ye also perfect.’

    The Savior, I suppose, did not expect that any human creature could be perfect as the Father in Heaven; but He said, ‘As your Father in Heaven is perfect, be ye also perfect.’

    He set that up as a standard, and He who did most towards reaching that standard, attained the highest degree of moral perfection.

    So I say in relation to 'the principle that all men are created equal', let it be as nearly reached as we can'.” [10]

A Local Minister Wrote:

During the 1860 campaign, a Springfield minister wrote a New Jersey colleague in defense of Mr. Lincoln:

    “From the frequency and readiness with which he is accustomed to quote from the Bible and the use he makes of such quotations it is clear that he has read and pondered its contents.” [11]

Clarence E. Macartney wrote:

    “The ordinary daily speech of Lincoln was salted with timely and apt quotations from the Bible.”

He cited President Lincoln’s response to General George B. McClellan’s complaints about the weather bogging down his army. Mr. Lincoln told aide John Hay that the general “seemed to think, in defiance of Scripture, that heaven sent its rain only on the just, and not on the unjust.”[12]

State Superintendent of Instruction Newton Bateman:

Also during the presidential campaign, Mr. Lincoln had a long conversation with State Superintendent of Instruction Newton Bateman. Five years later, Bateman wrote that in October 1860,

    "Mr. Lincoln repeated many passages of the Bible, in a very reverent & devout way, & seemed especially impressed with the solemn grandeur of portions of revelation describing the wrath of Almighty God.” [13]

President Lincoln himself said:

    “The Bible is the richest source of pertinent quotations.”[14]

Theologian W. W. Wolf wrote:

Paraphrased biblical quotes were sprinkled through Mr. Lincoln’s public and private speech. Theologian William Wolf wrote:

    “Lincoln enjoyed quoting a text as his immediate response to something said to him. He deflated the somewhat pompous Lord Lyons, the British ambassador, who made an official call to announce formally to the President in the name of his gracious sovereign Queen Victoria the betrothal of the Prince of Wales to the Princess Alexandra of Denmark.

    Said Lincoln to the bachelor ambassador when he had finished his communication, ‘Go thou and do likewise.’

“Next to this type of repartee, President Lincoln liked to quote Scripture in answer to Scripture.

Hugh McCulloch, an official of the Treasury Department:

Hugh McCulloch, an official of the Treasury Department, once introduced a delegation of New York bankers with much deference. Speaking of their patriotism and loyalty in holding the securities of the nation, he clinched his commendation of them with the text:

    ‘Where the treasure is there will the heart be also.’

    Lincoln, like a crack of the ship, rejoined, ‘There is another text, Mr. McCulloch, which might apply, ‘Where the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together'.” [15]

Pennsylvania Republican leader Alexander K. McClure wrote:

    "President Lincoln was censured for appointing one that had zealously opposed his second term. Lincoln replied:
      'Well, I suppose Judge E., having been disappointed before, did behave pretty ugly, but that wouldn't make him any less fit for the place; and I think I have Scriptural authority for appointing him.

      "You remember when the Lord was on Mount Sinai getting out a commission for Aaron, that same Aaron was at the foot of the mountain making a false god for the people to worship. Yet Aaron got his commission, you know." [16]

Presbyterian Scholar Clarence Macartney wrote:

“To a man who complained bitterly and carelessly against Edwin M. Stanton, the Secretary of War, accusing Stanton of not carrying out the order that Lincoln had given two weeks before to have a man liberated from prison who was under sentence of death, but had been pardoned, Lincoln said:

    “If it had not been for me, that man would now be in his grave. Now, sir, you claim to be a philanthropist. If you will get your Bible and turn to the thirtieth chapter of Proverbs, the tenth verse, you will read these words:
      ‘Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty'.” [17]

    MaCartney continued the story with the reminiscences of White House staffer Thomas N. Pendel:

      Whereupon the man got ‘huffy’ and went away. But as he went out, he said angrily, ‘There is no such passage in the Bible.’ ‘Oh, yes,’ said Mr. Lincoln, “I think you will find it in the thirtieth chapter of Proverbs and at the tenth verse.’

    This was late in the afternoon, and I thought no more of the occurrence. Next morning I was at Mr. Lincoln’s office door as usual, about 8 o’clock, and heard some one calling out: ‘Oh, Pendleton! I say, Pendleton, come in here.’ When I went inside Mr. Lincoln said to me, ‘Wait a moment.’

    He stepped quickly into the private part of the house, through what is now the Cabinet Room, but which was then used as a waiting room, and soon reappeared with his Bible in his hand. He then sat down and read to me that identical passage he had quoted to the philanthropist, and sure enough it was found to be in the thirtieth chapter of Proverbs, and at the tenth verse.” [18]

Scholarly Researcher William Wolf wrote:

“Lincoln’s knowledge of the bible was so thorough that his political opponents generally found themselves on dangerous ground when they quoted it against him.

When Judge Douglas somewhat fantastically cited Adam and Eve as the first beneficiaries of his doctrine of ‘popular sovereignty’ Lincoln corrected him.

    ‘God did not place good and evil before man, telling him to make his choice.

    On the contrary, he did tell him there was one tree, of the fruit of which he should not eat, upon pain of certain death.’

    Then added Lincoln pointedly, ‘I should scarcely wish so strong a prohibition against slavery in Nebraska.’”[19]

Lincoln Scholar Earl Schwartz wrote:

The evidence of President Lincoln's religious faith is in the clearest possible location: his writings and speeches. Lincoln scholar Earl Schwartz wrote:

    "Lincoln's Collected Works are...peppered with biblical references, including several dozen direction quotations. These are taken, for the most par, from Hebrew bible narratives, including Psalms, Wisdom texts, and the Gospels.”[20]

Some of Lincoln's Famous Scripture Examples:

Mr. Lincoln’s most famous works are studded with biblical quotations or references:

    >> The "house divided" analogy from his 1858 Republican nomination speech for the Senate.

    >> His reference in his First Inaugural Address to "a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land".

    >> His invocation in his First Annual Message to Congress that: "With a reliance on Providence all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us."

    >> The quotation in his Second Inaugural Address that "judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."

    >> The reference in the Gettysburg Address that this "Nation shall under God have a new birth of freedom.”

Lincoln Biographer William E. Barton wrote:

    President Lincoln “read the Bible, honored it, quoted it freely, and it became so much a part of him as visibly and permanently to give shape to his literary style and to his habits of thought.” [21]

    When a delegation of African-Americans from Baltimore presented President Lincoln with a Bible in September 1864, he replied:

      "This occasion would seem fitting for a lengthy response to the address which you have just made. I would make one, if prepared; but I am not.
      I would promise to respond in writing, had not experience taught me that business will not allow me to do so. I can only now say, as I have often before said, it has always been a sentiment with me that all mankind should be free.
      So far as able, within my sphere, I have always acted as I believed to be right and just; and I have done all I could for the good of mankind generally.
      In letters and documents sent from this office I have expressed myself better than I now can. In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say:
          * "It is the best gift God has given to man.”

          * All the good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this book.

          * But for it, we could not know right from wrong.

          * All things most desirable for man's welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it."

      To you I return my most sincere thanks for the very elegant copy of the great Book of God which you present. [22]

Rev. S. W. Chase on Lincoln:

Rev. S. W. Chase spoke for the delegation that presented Mr. Lincoln with a Bible:

    "The loyal colored people of Baltimore have entrusted us with authority to present this Bible as a testimonial of their appreciation of your humane conduct towards the people of our race. While all others of this nation are offering their tribute of respect to you, we cannot omit suitable manifestation of ours.

    Since our incorporation into the American family we have been true and loyal, and we are now ready to aid in defending the country, to be armed and trained in military matters, in order to assist in protecting and defending the star-spangled banner.”

    Towards you, sir, our hearts will ever be warm with gratitude. We come to present to you this copy of the Holy Scriptures, as a token of respect for your active participation in furtherance of the cause of the emancipation of our race.

    This great event will be a matter of history. Hereafter, when our children shall ask what mean these tokens, they will be told of your worthy deeds, and 'will rise up and call you blessed'.

    'The loyal colored people of this country everywhere will remember you at the Throne of Divine Grace.

    May the King Eternal, an all-wise, Providence protect and keep you, and when you pass from this world to that of eternity, may you be borne to the bosom of your Savior and your God'." [23]

U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon wrote:

"The Bible was the source of Mr. Lincoln’s deep conviction of the role of 'Providence’ in human life. U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon reported Mr. Lincoln recalling a dream that foretold his death.

    “It seems strange how much there is in the Bible about dreams. There are, I think, some sixteen chapters in the Old Testament and four or five in the New in which dreams are mentioned; and there are many other passages scattered throughout the book which refer to visions.

    If we believe the Bible, we must accept the fact that in the old days God and His angels came to men in their sleep and made themselves known in dreams.

    Nowadays dreams are regarded as very foolish, and are seldom told, except by old women and by young men and maidens in love.” [24]

Joshua F. Speed on Lincoln:

In a lecture delivered 15 years after Mr. Lincoln’s death, Joshua F. Speed recalled a visit to President Lincoln at the Soldiers’ Home:

    “As I entered the room, near night, he was sitting near a window intently reading his Bible.

    Approaching him I said: “I am glad to see you so profitably engaged.’

    ‘Yes,’ said he, “I am profitably engaged.’

    ‘Well,’ said I, ‘if you have recovered from your doubting, I am sorry to say that I have not.’

    Looking me earnestly in the face and placing his hand on my shoulder, he said:

      ‘You are wrong, Speed. Take all of this book upon reason that you can and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier and better man.’”[25]

Lincoln scholar Wayne Temple wrote:

    “Lincoln had greatly modified his religious beliefs since Speed at Springfield in 1841. It appears, the longer Lincoln lived, the closer he got to God, and the more he relied upon God for sustenance'." [26]

Treasury Department official Lucius E. Chittenden:

Mr. Lincoln told Treasury Department official Lucius E. Chittenden:

    “Now, let us treat the Bible fairly. If we had a witness on the stand whose general story we knew was true, we would believe him when he asserted facts of which we had no other evidence.

    We ought to treat The Bible with equal fairness.

    I decided a long time ago that it was less difficult to believe that the Bible was what it claimed to be than to disbelieve it.

    It is the 'Good Book' for us to obey – it contains the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, and many other rules which ought to be followed.

    No man was ever the worse for living according to the directions of the Bible.” [27]

Theologian W. W. Wolf wrote:

But Mr. Lincoln also approached the Bible with his customary humility.

    “One of the greatnesses of Lincoln was the way he held to strong moral positions without the usual accompaniment of self-righteousness or smugness.

    He expressed this rare achievement provisionally in his humor and in an ultimate dimension in his religious evaluations. To the Pennsylvania delegation that congratulated him after the inauguration he said, urging forbearance and respect for differences of opinion between the states,

      ‘I would inculcate this idea, so that we may not, like Pharisees, set ourselves up to be better than other people'.” [28]


1. Roy P. Basler, Editor, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (Reply to the Loyal Colored People of Baltimore upon Presentation of a Bible), September 7, 1864, Volume VII, p. 542.

2. Herbert Mitgang, editor, Washington, D.C., in Lincoln’s Time: A Memoir of the Civil War Era by the Newspaperman Who Knew Lincoln Best, Noah Brooks, p. 252.

3. Paul Angle, Lincoln’s Power with Words, Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, 1981, . 13.

4. William E. Barton, The Soul of Abraham Lincoln, p. xxiv.

5. Earl Schwartz, “‘A Poor Hand to Quote Scripture’: Lincoln and Genesis 3:19,” Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association,”, Winter 2002, pp. 37-38.

6. Elton Trueblood, Abraham Lincoln: Theologian of American Anguish, p. 50.

7. Roy P. Basler, Editor, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (Letter from Abraham Lincoln to Mary Speed), Volume I, p. 261.

8. Julia Taft Bayne, Tad Lincoln’s Father, p. 183.

9. Clarence Edward Macartney, Lincoln and the Bible, p. 84 (See William E. Barton, The Soul of Abraham Lincoln), pp. 93-94.

10. Roy P. Basler, Editor, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (Speech at Chicago, Illinois, July 10, 1858), Volume II, p. 501 .

11. Michael Burlingame, editor, An Oral History of Abraham Lincoln, John G. Nicolay’s Interviews and Essays, (Letter from Rev. Albert Hale to Rev. Theron Baldwin) , May 31, 1860, p. 95.

12. Allen C. Guelzo, “Holland’s Informants: The Construction of Josiah Holland’s ‘Life of Abraham Lincoln,’” Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association,(Letter from Newton Bateman to Josiah G. Holland, June 19, 1865), Winter 2002, p. 28.

13. Don E. and Virginia Fehrenbacher, editors, Recollected Words of Abraham Lincoln, p. 273.

14. William Wolf, The Almost Chosen People, p. 134.

15. Alexander K. McClure, Lincoln’s Own Yarns and Stories, p. 90.

16. Clarence Edward Macartney, Lincoln and the Bible, pp. 74-75.

17. Thomas N. Pendel, Thirty-Six Years in the White House, pp. 25-26.

18. William Wolf, The Almost Chosen People, p. 132.

19. Earl Schwartz, “‘A Poor Hand to Quote Scripture’: Lincoln and Genesis 3:19,” Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, 2002, p. 38.

20. William E. Barton, The Soul of Abraham Lincoln, p. 275.

21. Roy P. Basler, Editor, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (Reply to Loyal Colored People of Baltimore upon Presentation of a Bible), September 7, 1864, Volume VII, p. 542.

22. Roy P. Basler, Editor, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (Statement by S.W. Chase to President Lincoln, Washington Chronicle), September 8, 1864, Volume VII, pp, 543.

23. Ward Hill Lamon, Recollections of Abraham Lincoln, 1847-1865, pp. 114-115.

24. Rufus Rockwell Wilson, editor, Intimate Memories of Lincoln (Joshua F. Speed, ), 1880, p.22.

25. Wayne Temple, From Skeptic to Prophet,

26. Lucius E. Chittenden, Recollections of President Lincoln and His Administration (Chittenden’s reliability in presenting facts as well as Lincoln quotations has often been questioned), pp. 449-450.

27. William Wolf, The Almost Chosen People, p. 139.

28. Clarence Edward Macartney, Lincoln and the Bible, p. 77.

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