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Re: [humanism-174] Dan Henninger

From: Hos
Sent on: Wednesday, November 26, 2008 11:57 AM
The New Testament does endorse slavery-in the words of Paul, not Jesus. The justification I have heard is that he believed the world would come to an end soon, so it wouldn't matter. It seems he got that slightly wrong.
Lincoln said famously, regarding the Emancipation Proclamation: "if God has an opinion about this matter, he better express that opinion directly to me". That was because, he was approached by people on both sides of the divide, with passionate ideas for and against, who all claimed their views were based on the Bible.

On Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 8:09 AM, Michael <[address removed]> wrote:

And then there's this:

 

19th century quotations:

bullet "[Slavery] was established by decree of Almighty God...it is sanctioned in the Bible, in both Testaments, from Genesis to Revelation...it has existed in all ages, has been found among the people of the highest civilization, and in nations of the highest proficiency in the arts." Jefferson Davis, President, Confederate States of America 1,2
bullet "The right of holding slaves is clearly established in the Holy Scriptures, both by precept and example." Rev. R. Furman, D.D., a Baptist pastor from South Carolina. 3
bullet "I give my daughter, Joyce Falkner, present wife of John Falkner, of the county of Fayette and State of Virginia, a negro girl by name of Gemima otherwise called Mima. I give her to the above Joyce together with said Mima's increase forever and for the only use of the said Joyce, to will and dispose of as to her seemeth fit, hereby revoking all other claims of right or title to the said Gemima alias Mima of her increase forever." The 1791 will of Toliver Craig, disposing of his assets (and children of his assets) in the event of his death. 4

21st century quotation:

bullet "...the campaign to end slavery in the United States was for many years largely the work of a small number of Christians who opposed slavery on explicitly religious grounds and who at the time were regularly condemned as fanatical zealots, bent (as indeed they were) on imposing their religiously based views regarding this particular issue on all those who disagreed." Paul Campos 5

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Overview:

The Christian church's main justification of the concept of slavery was based on the "curse of Ham" which appears in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) in Genesis 9:25-27.
"Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers. He also said, 'Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
Christians at the time believed that Canaan had settled in Africa and that his descendents had become black.
Although slavery was widespread in Palestine during Jesus' ministry, the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) does not record his opinion of it. Slavery was casually mentioned without criticism in the various books of the Bible. It was accepted as a natural part of life by almost all Christians until the 19th century CE.
Anabaptists started to criticize slavery in the late 17th century. They were joined by Quakers and Mennonites. It was only when John Wesley [masked]), founder of the Methodist movement, became concerned about slavery that the small protest became a mass movement for the abolition of slavery.
Slavery is still advocated in North America by some Reconstructionist Christians and a few racist fringe groups within the Christian Identity movement.
 
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--- On Tue, 11/25/08, Don <[address removed]> wrote:
From: Don <[address removed]>

Subject: Re: [humanism-174] Dan Henninger
To: [address removed]
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 7:07 PM


This is pure propaganda!!  They weren't called Robber Barons for no reason. Teddy Roosevelt had to break up the large companies because of unfair business practices that resulted from their greed.  Anyone who studied the history of the coal mine owners will see that they exploited the miners and skimped on safety measures.  This is hardly a christian thing to do. These are just a few of the unchristian practices of the business elites.

2008/11/20 Hollis Geary <[address removed]>
Linky to WSJ editorial guy




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