Continuing the discussion from Amid Russia Tensions, Ukraine Moves Toward Separate Church:
Seems like Lincoln’s personal faith is a bit of a mystery.
— Lincoln only once wrote directly about his faith. When opponents in a race for Congress in 1846 accused him of lacking faith, Lincoln penned these careful, noncommittal words: “That I am not a member of any Christian Church, is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures; and I have never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular.”
Though he did pray…
We recognize that alternative theories such as please-the-public or strategic-theology will likely continue to garner support. Our problem with such approaches is not their abstract impossibility, but that they do not accommodate all the evidence. In particular, they do not explain Lincoln’s own prayer life. There are only a finite number of ways to handle the evidence that Lincoln prayed.
Interesting question it seems.