By Elton Trueblood

Many writers have explored Lincoln's management; others have debated Lincoln's ambiguous spiritual identification. yet during this vintage paintings, Christian thinker and statesman Elton Trueblood finds how Lincoln's management talents flowed without delay from his non secular convictions—which explains how the president was once in a position to mix what few leaders can carry jointly: ethical resoluteness with a intelligent skill to compromise; self belief in his reason whereas refusing to succumb to the traps of self-righteousness or triumphalism; and a dedication to victory whereas by no means wasting sight of his accountability for—or the humanity of—his enemy. those wealthy meditations provide deep knowledge and perception on the most powerful leaders of all time.

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J. Heschel, Die Prophetie, 56-97, 127-83. 114 ‘Niemand hat tiefere Einblicke in das Verh¨ altnis Gottes zum Volk gewonnen als Jeremia. ’ Heschel, Die Prophetie, 65. A. ), Between God and Man, 120. 116 See the interpretation of this verse in W. , 163-74. 117 See Korpel, A Rift in the Clouds, 122, 165-85, as well as De Moor’s contribution to this volume. 113 l A. C. de Moor Isa. 119 As a consequence, it is also difficult to classify the type of theodicy involved: is it a special variant of the retribution theodicy dealt with above?

7). In particular, Saadya argues that testing is an important theme in the Book of Job which he calls Kit¯ ab al-ta‘d¯ıl, ‘The Book Confirming (divine) Justice’ – in the end retribution smoothes out any remaining inquity. ) was to understand suffering. According to Saadya, the friends of Job made the same decisive mistake as the Ash‘arites: What drove them to this conclusion was their rational recognition that the Creator, being just, will do no wrong. Observing that Job was a victim of torments, they argued that these must be deserved on account of some prior sin of his.

109 Finally we should mention the theodicy in the Book of 4 Ezra which was written after the destruction of the Second Temple. As Charlesworth has demonstrated in his article this book presents an analysis of the events which indicates that they remained a mystery to the author. Charlesworth assigns 4 Ezra to the category ‘Unresolved Question or Mystery’. The mystery is formulated in wism 2 , 53-6, 62. 108 See Lindstr¨ om’s contribution. 109 See his contribution to this volume. xlviii A. C. de Moor 4 Ezra 4:52 so that not even the archangel Uriel can give Ezra the reason for the destruction of Jerusalem because he does not know.

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