12 February 1809 is very remarkable in that two brilliant men, perhaps
the two most important men of the 19th-century were born on that day.
Both men were ahead of their time.
The first, as you know, was Charles Darwin born in England. The second was Abraham Lincoln, born in Kentucky.
Lincoln became a great skeptic during his life. During the Civil War,
he attended church only to assuage his wife's pain over the death of
their son. By then, he had become a Deist. Professional historians consistently rate him as the greatest president to have ever led the United States.
Lincoln was an extraordinary
reader. I wish Lincoln had survived to read Darwin's Origin of Species.
He would have recognized its value at once.
Abraham Lincoln has always been a hero of mine. I've always admired that he was largely self-educated and became a lawyer by studying on his own. His educational and vocational studies mirrors my own in many regards.
I've always thought Lincoln was an atheist but I guess you're right . . . he was a deist according to his own quotes.
“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.”
"I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."
"When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees. "