Happy Lincoln’s Birthday. Much is being made that both Lincoln and Darwin were born on the same day 200 years ago. both, it is said, “changed the world.” Darwin, of course, gave our culture the excuse to jettison religion. Lincoln, in saving the union, changed the United States from a plural to a singular, creating the powerfully centralized state power that is now trying to take over the economy. Lincoln freed the slaves, which was good. He was a complex man, but his legacy is complex too. For what should we honor him this day? What would be an appropriate way to honor him?
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About Gene Veith
Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.