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Lincoln's Bequest: Losing and Finding Religion in a Time of War

Hundere Lecture with Ray Haberski

Thursday, April 25, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address is often remembered for the gracious, homiletic offer he made to repair the human, material, and spiritual wreckage wrought by the Civil War. Often overlooked is the prophetic challenge Lincoln posed to his nation - whether the carnage of the war had forced Americans to reconsider their relationship to God. 

That challenge persists with special urgency today as we look back not merely on the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War but a period of war that has spanned almost uninterrupted since 1941.  Over that same long period, the relationship of the nation to God has been advanced in a variety of ways by a diverse cast of characters.  If we take Lincoln’s challenge seriously, we must consider how the experience of war since 1941 has affected the tradition of Americans to interpret their history through a relationship to God. 

It is the burden of history and Lincoln’s bequest to us.

Memorial Union (campus map)
Pan-Afrika Room
Robert Peckyno
robert.peckyno at oregonstate.edu
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
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