Lincoln and a lesson in liberty

The recent hit film Lincoln depicts the mighty struggle that took place behind the battlefields of the United States Civil War, in the political and legal arena of the United States Congress in 1865. The film has resonated deeply with audiences—maybe because they have recognized striking similarities between the political climate of 1865 and of today. The issues might be different, but the impassioned political polarization is very much the same.

After seeing Lincoln, readers of this magazine might gain new appreciation for this sentence from Mary Baker Eddy’s book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Legally to abolish unpaid servitude in the United States was hard; but the abolition of mental slavery is a more difficult task” (p. 225).

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March 11, 2013

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