Religion in the early history of Springfield, Illinois, through the period of Abraham Lincoln’s residency there, which had a formative impact on Lincoln’s own religious faith.
Springfield, Illinois, is a Lincoln-haunted town, and much of the old downtown has a Lincoln association of some sort or another. But more than Lincoln has happened there.
The moment of “between,” that instant of bardo in dreaming, in meditating, and in the pause between every breath, quivers with ambiguity. In the bardo between people awaits a double potential.
Religion provided the foundations of education in nineteenth-century America. It motivated literacy and provided the means by which so many Americans learned to read and to think critically.
How was religion part of Abraham Lincoln’s world? Religious diversity in nineteenth-century Springfield, Illinois, reflected the dynamic religious landscape of America.
Elvis has nothing on Abraham Lincoln. Although Elvis is profitable, Abraham Lincoln’s iconic stature more than a century and a half after his assassination far exceeds anything Elvis could hope for.
Abraham Lincoln has become the exemplary American enigma. His most intimate views remain beyond the historical record, which makes him available for whatever cause we wish to enlist his support for.