New book explores Abe Lincoln's complicated faith

NEW YORK - Author Stephen Mansfield's new book -- "Lincoln's Battle with God: A President's Struggle with Faith and What it Meant for America" -- takes on those who suggest Abraham Lincoln was godless and those who contend he was a "true Christian."
  
Mansfield says Lincoln's faith was much more complex and evolved during his lifetime. He says it's more accurate to paint Lincoln as "a religious pilgrim" who moved from fiery atheism in youth to deep conviction later in life.
  
Mansfield writes that Lincoln scoffed at piety early in life. He then became a frequent reader of the Bible. After the death of his son Willie, the president sought guidance about "the state of the soul after death."  Lincoln is also said to have come to see the carnage of the Civil War as God's judgment and punishment for slavery.

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