1. This comment specifically pertains to the text “Now we are engaged” at the beginning of the Gettysburg Address’s second paragraph, and it generally pertains to the text of the first paragraph as well as to the text in the second paragraph’s first sentence. 2. My comment addresses Lincoln’s rhetorical strategy of invoking history in […]
We are celebrating this loss because, deep down and to the surprise of many – including ourselves – we still care what the rest of the world thinks. We cared when we fought the Revolutionary War. We had a “decent respect to the opinions of mankind” back then, to borrow the Declaration of Independence’s famous noun phrase. That respect, in fact, drove us to write the Declaration.
Lincoln’s notion of what he called “political religion” began as adherence to law. After Douglas’s Kansas-Nebraska Act, though, Lincoln’s political religion developed into a system of three American covenants whose interrelations parallel the interrelationships described in the books of Galatians and Hebrews among three biblical covenants.
The mosque. Must I get involved in this, too? º º º Did you know that twenty percent of Americans now believe that the president is Muslim? The polling took place just before he first spoke about the mosque last week. Do the remaining eighty percent correctly identify Obama as a Christian? Hardly. “The number […]