By Elton Trueblood
Many writers have explored Lincoln's management; others have debated Lincoln's ambiguous non secular identification. yet during this vintage paintings, Christian thinker and statesman Elton Trueblood finds how Lincoln's management talents flowed at once from his non secular convictions—which explains how the president was once in a position to mix what few leaders can carry jointly: ethical resoluteness with a wise skill to compromise; self assurance in his reason whereas refusing to succumb to the traps of self-righteousness or triumphalism; and a dedication to victory whereas by no means wasting sight of his accountability for—or the humanity of—his enemy. those wealthy meditations provide deep knowledge and perception on the most potent leaders of all time.
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In them we will a find fuller exposition of the theory of the biblical symbol briefly suggested by Coleridge. In T h e V i c to r i a n R a d i c a l s 33 The Statesman’s Manual Coleridge uses the biblical “types and prophecies” approach primarily for political purposes, but lists among “the miseries of the present age” that “it recognizes no medium between Literal and Metaphorical”; the Bible, on the other hand, he believed, “gives birth to a system of symbols, harmonious in themselves, and consubstantial with the truths, of which they are the conductors”: in the Bible a symbol “is characterized .
Like us, they inherited a faith in “progress,” reinforced by the advance of science and technology, and thus a perception of time as homogenous, linear, and unrepeatable. ”1 However, instead of placing their faith in this movement toward a better future, many Victorians in the humanities, arts, and religion, whom we shall call the “Radicals,” thought they could reach their goals by going backward rather than forward in time. For some the goal was to break through linear time into a cyclical, reactualizable time and/or into an eternal presence.
To the missionary, more particularly, a comparative study of the religions of mankind will be, I believe, of the greatest assistance. .