[ by Charles Cameron — two phrases, two anthropologies, two ways of virtue — Lincoln & Trump ]
Jeff Sharlet is one of our finer writers about religion, and his piece on Donald Trump in Saturday’s NYT Magazine is worth your attention.
Here, I simply want to contrast Lincoln‘s “better angels of our nature” with Sharlet‘s “lust, the envy, the anger of our more honest selves” — idealism and realism? sanctity and authenticity? — as phrases representing two approaches to human nature, each clearly enunciating a virtue in its own context.
Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address Jeff Sharlet, Donald Trump, American Preacher