Southern Slavery In Its Present Aspects; Containing A Reply To A Late Work Of The Bishop Of Vermont…

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byDaniel Raynes Goodwin

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1864 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. SLAVERY AND THE CHURCH. THAT the Christian Church has not adopted or acted upon the doctrines of the "ultra-abolitionists," i. e., of those who insist upon the immediate, universal, absolute, and formal abolition of slavery as the first and greatest commandment of Christianity, is freely admitted. But that either the teaching, the spirit, or the practical working of the church, has been opposed to emancipation, and in favour of maintaining and perpetuating the system of slavery, either as right, as good, or as a divine institution,--is utterly denied. The church has attacked slavery not in the abstract but in the concrete, not in its totality but in its details, not by storm but by a gradual undermining, not at first by an open declaration of war, but always with a consciousness of real antagonism, as in the presence of a gigantic evil, of a monstrous and almost unmanageable wrong. Before Constantino the church stood in the same position towards slavery and the Eoman government in which the apostles had left it. That is to say, the church could not meddle with the law; she had no control over the legislative function, and it were useless as well as dangerous formally to have pronounced the law to bo wrong. She therefore attacked, not the Jaw, not the system, but the practice. She still required Christian masters to treat their slaves, not as slaves, but as equals and as brethren, and strongly favoured emancipation. For, as Wallon says, in his history of slavery, within the pale of the church, " the slave passed from the category of things which the right of property placed at the disposal of the master." Said Clement of Alexandria, " Our household servants are to be treated like ourselves, for they are men as well as we." And Cyprian thus taunts ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1864 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. SLAVERY AND THE CHURCH. THAT the Christian Church has not adopted or acted upon the doctrines of the "ultra-abolition...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:94 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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