Word of the Day – June 4, 2012

bespeak (verb)

bi SPEEK

to indicate; point to; be the outward expression of (“bespoke” is the past tense)

Religion and the Bible had been important in Lincoln’s upbringing but he had known skepticism too. During his campaign for Congress, when pressed to define his faith, he had declared: “That I am not a member of any Christian church is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures.” This is not the same as saying that he accepted the Scriptures fully; and, having trained his mind to demand proof, he had not yet gained that broader understanding of how the incomprehensible may still be true. Yet his very goodness bespoke a latent spirituality, which, if awakened and motivated, might widen his horizon and make his life more purposeful.
Benjamin B. Thomas     February 1954

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