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Ronald Reagan


Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911–2004) was an American politician who served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his presidency, he was a Hollywood actor and union leader before serving as the 33rd governor of California from 1967 to 1975.



  While doing research on a biography of former First Lady Nancy Reagan, a literary treasure was uncovered in 2018 by Washington Post columnist, Karen Tumulty. The discovery was, as Tumulty describes, an “intimate missive, four pages of White House stationery randomly tucked in a file.” In a September 14, 2018, column, Ms. Tumulty discusses the amazing letter dated August 7 (in 1982) from The White House.

   The author of the letter was Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, who addressed the letter to his father-in-law, Loyal Davis, a pioneering neurosurgeon who was dying and “by most definitions of the word [was] an atheist.” Tumulty quotes Dr. Davis as once saying, “I have never been able to subscribe to the divinity of Jesus Christ nor his virgin birth. I don’t believe in the resurrection, or a heaven or hell as places.”

   As professor Paul Kengor in God and Ronald Reagan a Spiritual Life (2004) says: “[Reagan] often wrote of Jesus Christ in private correspondence . . . and he wasn’t shy about Christian apologetics, frequently making the case for Christ” (127).

The following brief excerpt from the President’s 1982 letter to his father-in-law is a powerful example of Kengor’s observation about Reagan and apologetics. Tumulty describes it as manifesting “earnest intensity . . . an intimate, humble profession of faith.”

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