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Lincoln & Darwin: Shared Visions of Race, Science, and Religion

by James Lander
Carbondale (IL): Southern Illinois University Press, 2010. 351 pages.

“As the subtitle suggests,” reviewer Steven Conn explains, “Lander’s approach to this well-worked material is to focus on three areas—race, science and religion—and argue that these two men shared the same outlook on all three. To make that claim, Lander proceeds carefully and thoroughly through each life, pairing the thoughts and careers of Lincoln and Darwin in virtually every one of the book’s twenty-six chapters.” Sometimes the comparison is too strained, but “more often than not these comparisons and juxtapositions persuade, and they reveal two extraordinary intellects as they wrestled with some of the most important questions of their age.”