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Topic - Stephen Mansfield
Nearly all the books and papers examining the Gettysburg Address either gloss over or completely miss the religious language and meaning of one of the most famous and enduring speeches ever.
So much for President Obama's convoluted announcement that offered home remedies for the big ills of health care reform, plus a one year sign-up reprieve for those who have lost their insurance. For a president who enjoys golf, the big news teed up Republican outrage to perfection. Oh, the irony.
Mel Gibson was criticized for the graphic portrayal of the Crucifixion in "The Passion of the Christ," and the cable miniseries smash "The Bible" was criticized in some quarters for its realistic rendering. Neither of these versions, however, comes close to the gripping and compelling account brought to readers in "Killing Jesus," a book by Stephen Mansfield.
Mansfield said Lincoln told his cabinet that the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in the rebelling states, was issued 11 months before the Gettysburg Address, would keep his end of a covenant with God, who would then deliver victories for the Union.
Writer Stephen Mansfield, who has written about the faith of presidents, including Lincoln, said Lincoln's faith, like that of many people, evolved from a period of disbelief and skepticism to a profound personal reliance on God to carry him through periods of grief, sorrow and worry.