I came across these quotes by Abraham Lincoln and by reading them I assume he was an atheist. Yet he had a bible. President Obama used it in his inauguration. Was he?
"The Bible is not my Book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma."
"I am for liberty of conscience in its noblest, broadest, and highest sense. But I cannot give liberty of conscience to the pope and his followers, the papists, so long as they tell me, through all their councils, theologians, and canon laws that their conscience orders them to burn my wife, strangle my children, and cut my throat when they find their opportunity."
"My earlier views at the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures, have become clearer and stronger with advancing years and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them."
[Abraham Lincoln, letter to Judge J.S. Wakefield, after the death of Willie Lincoln]
"It will not do to investigate the subject of religion too closely, as it is apt to lead to infidelity."
[Abraham Lincoln, from "What Great Men Think Of Religion" by Ira Cardiff]
"I am approached with the most opposite opinions and advice, and by religious men who are certain they represent the Divine will. ... I hope it will not be irreverent in me to say, that if it be probable that God would reveal his will to others, on a point so connected with my duty, it might be supposed he would reveal it directly to me."
[Abraham Lincoln. Chapter 14 of Part 5 of *Six Historic Americans* by John Ramsburg]