he shocked me. I don't remember the exact line of his argument; suppose it was against the inherent defects, so-called, of the Bible
, and on grounds of reason.
always denied that Jesus was the Christ of God--denied that Jesus was the son of God as understood and maintained by the Christian Church.”
tells us this: “The idea that Lincoln
talked to a stranger about his religion or religious views, or made such speeches and remarks about it as are published, is to me absurd.
I knew the man so well; he was the most reticent, secretive man I ever saw or expect to see. He had no faith, in the Christian
sense of the term — had faith in laws, principles, causes and effects.”
testifies as follows: “Mr. Lincoln
told me that he was a kind of immortalist; that he never could bring himself to believe in eternal punishment; that man lived but a little while here; and that if eternal punishment were man's doom, he should spend that little life in vigilant and ceaseless preparation by never-ending prayer.”
Another intimate friend2
furnishes this: “In my intercourse with Mr. Lincoln
I learned that he believed in a Creator of all things, who had neither beginning nor end, possessing all power and wisdom, established a principle in obedience to which worlds move and are upheld, and animal and vegetable life come into existence.
A reason he gave for his belief was that in view of the order and harmony of all nature which we behold, it would have been more miraculous to have come about by ”