National Affairs: Faith Staked Down

In his long military career, shifting about from post to post, Dwight Eisenhower worshiped as a Protestant who belonged to no particular church. His devout, Bible-quoting parents reared him as one of the Brethren in Christ; they believed in baptism only when individuals were old enough to decide for themselves, and the Eisenhower brothers do not remember being baptized as children. In 1948, while president of Columbia University, Eisenhower spoke of himself as "one of the most deeply religious men I know." Though not attached to any "sect or organization," he often expresses the conviction that democracy cannot exist without religion.


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