Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Ashley Price

“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”. Abraham Lincoln did not attend a church that did not mean that he was not a Christian. Although Lincoln did grow up in a very religious family, in his years that he lived he never joined any church. He regularly referenced God and quoted the Bible in his speeches. When he was the president he sometimes attended a Protestant church with his wife and children but then, after the death of his two children, he started to question God’s plan for his life and the path he had. Although he was private about his beliefs and respected the beliefs of others, still sometimes rumors were spread and he had to constantly defend himself. Lincoln never made a clear stand on his Christian beliefs. He did believe in an all-powerful God and by 1865, was sharing those beliefs in major speeches. After Willie, their third son, died on February 20th, 1862, apparently Mrs. Lincoln had some mediums and spiritualists come to the house so they could connect with their dead son. Many say that Lincoln had attended one or two of these séances. He did read the Bible extensively but he never made a habit of saying grace? Why was he so coy and mysterious about his beliefs? Was it something that someone had told him? Something he did in his lifetime? The question that is on everyone’s mind is why? Ashley Price Fisher High School Fisher, IL