Thursday, April 14, 2011

Today's News NJ Documentary of the Month: A Nation Reborn

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As slavery split the nation in two, both Northern abolitionists and Southern slaveholders turned to the Bible to support their cause. Former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass condemned Christianity for sanctioning slavery.

In the White House, Abraham Lincoln struggled to make sense of the war's carnage and the death of his young son. He had always kept his beliefs about God to himself. But the president, who previously had put his faith in reason over revelation, embarked on a spiritual journey that transformed his ideas about God and the ultimate meaning of the war.

Explore much more on the God in America website, including a timeline of how religious ideas have shaped America's public life, a survey of presidential religious beliefs and their impact on politics, and a behind-the-scenes video with actor Chris Sarandon on portraying Abraham Lincol

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