Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic To Prophet Third Ed.

 
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Abraham Lincoln From Skeptic to Prophet is considered a classic work on the spiritual and religious views of the 16th President, and stands the test of time.

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Author and historian Dr. Wayne C. Temple, Chief Deputy Director of the Illinois State Archives, is called the Dean of Lincoln Scholars. Over the sixty plus years he has researched the life and career of the 16th President, Dr. Temple has received many awards and honors, including the Lincoln Diploma of Honor, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society, A Lifetime Achievement Award at Lincoln Memorial University, and a Life Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (London). He also received the Bicentennial Order of Lincoln Laureate Award (2009), is an Emeritus Regent of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois (2011), and was named a Distinguished Director of the Abraham Lincoln Association in February 2012. The author credits his unending passion for history to University of Illinois Professors J. G. Randall and R. N. Current. Temple received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois under their direction, and taught briefly at the University. Later, he became a John Wingate Weeks Professor of History at Lincoln Memorial University and, for fifteen years, he edited the Lincoln Herald. In addition to Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic to Prophet (listed among the best 100 books on Lincoln), the author s books on Lincoln include By Square and Compass: A Saga of the Lincoln Home (in 2nd Ed.), The Taste is in My Mouth A Little : Lincoln s Victuals and Potables a full account of what Lincoln ate and drank, Lincoln s Travels on the River Queen During the Last Days of His Life (the only known book on the River Queen) also available on audio book read masterfully by Temple a real collector s item. And he and wife, Sunderine Wilson Temple, co-authored the acclaimed back-story history of Abraham Lincoln and Illinois Fifth Capitol. Watch for Dr. Temple s newest book on Lincoln s surgeons and others.

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Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic to Prophet is the best book ever written about Abraham Lincoln s religious views. The culmination of Wayne C. Temple s long and distinguished career as a passionate researcher and prolific writer, this fascinating book is based on total mastery of the sources on Abraham Lincoln, and it will offer revelations even to those who have studied Lincoln for years. It also offers a fair-minded and judicious interpretation, showing that Lincoln was never technically a Christian but proving beyond question that he was one of the most deeply religious men ever to occupy the White House. This is a book that is going to stand the test of time. Every serious student of Abraham Lincoln should read it. --David Herbert Donald the late Charles Warren Professor of American History Harvard University

Wayne C. Temple again demonstrates why he remains the Dean of Lincoln scholars by writing a sweeping study of Lincoln s religious heritage, and tracing his spiritual pilgrimage to find God. Born into a devout Baptist family, married by an Episcopalian clergyman, and frequently attending worship service at Presbyterian churches in Springfield and Washington, Lincoln s personal theology was an unusual blend of backwoods superstition, Calvinist fatalism, and a strong reliance on Biblical doctrine. From the lively pen of this talented researcher and writer, young Lincoln is shown grappling with the concept of an over-ruling Providence, overcoming personal tragedies, and emerging as Father Abraham, the President who discovered God s purpose for his own life and the nation he loved. Temple effectively brushes away the myriad of biased and erroneous hypotheses that historians and theologians alike have previously proposed to explain Lincoln s faith, and presents a clear and cohesive picture of the man s religious thought and practices. Heavily relying on Abraham Lincoln s own words and fusing them with what he has uncovered in innumerable known and recently discovered sources, this respected historian gives us the most of what can be known about Lincoln s religion and that of his family. Abraham Lincoln: from Skeptic to Prophet is the most complete and reliable treatment about the subject to date, and convincingly illustrates how America s greatest President came to be one of the nation s greatest spiritual leaders. A splendid portrait of this great and good man! --Steven K. Rogstad, Lincoln author and member of the Lincoln Fellowship of Wisconsin

Unlike Most Writers on Lincoln, who merely recycle the work of their predecessors, Wayne Temple has for many years been digging patiently and deeply in unfamiliar sources. In this volume he presents much fresh information about the Sixteenth President and challenges some traditional interpretations. His unsentimental analysis of Mary Todd Lincoln, especially the peculiar circumstances surrounding her wedding, will raise many eyebrows. --Michael Burlingame, Naomi B. Lynn, Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, University of Illinois - Springfield

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