Grant Havers on Locke and Abraham Lincoln

 

Grant Havers (Trinity Western University) writes to say that he enjoyed my recent blog on John Locke.

“What you write about him closely parallels what I’ve always thought about Spinoza. Surely there’s more to his comprehensive commentary on the Old Testament in TPT than a mere attempt to avoid the wrath of Dutch Calvinists!  I argue in my Lincoln book in a similar vein that there’s far more to Honest Abe’s political theology than a mere attempt to placate the teeming Christian masses of his time. If Spinoza and Lincoln (and Locke) are simply Machiavellians, then they add nothing original to political philosophy.”

Grant’s book on Lincoln is entitled Lincoln and the Politics of Christian Love (University of Missouri Press, 2009)

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