(Fox News) — A Bible that once belonged to President Abraham Lincoln resurfaced 150 years after his death, pointing to the faith he clung to at a pivotal moment in American history and when he was growing more overtly religious.
Lincoln’s faith has long been debated over the years. He was known as the “village atheist” as a young man, but he gave one of the most explicitly religious speeches ever by a president during his second inaugural address. Scholars say the new discovery helps solidify his faith in his later years. …
The 16th president was given the Holy Book on June 16, 1864, during a rare wartime trip to Philadelphia raising money for wounded soldiers, where Lincoln donated 48 signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation that were sold for fundraising.
He was gifted the 18-pound, gilted Bible decorated with the words “faith,” “hope,” and “charity” by the hospital that treated wounded and ill soldiers during the Civil War.