In “narrative of the life of frederick douglass,” he demonstrates the way religion and its literature, the bible, had a negative influence and effect on slavery as well as the development of white christianity. • slavery removes people from a culture that “worshipped the devil, practiced witchcraft, and sorcery” and other evils • slavery brings heathens to a christian land where they can hear the gospel christian masters provide religious instruction for their slaves. As late as 1800 most slaves in the us had not been converted to christianity in the years that followed, however, widespread protestant evangelicalism, emphasizing individual freedom and direct communication with god, brought about the first large-scale conversion of enslaved men and women.
These views are characteristic of the general christian attitudes of the time then this could help to explain why there was so little moral opposition in britain to the transatlantic slave trade, and why. Christian scriptures were used as part of a process to enslave and dehumanise africans and some christians believe that the church should make amends by working to end the legacies of slavery and the racism that still continues to blight church and society.
Thoughts on christianity, slavery, and the rights of women many of you probably remember about a month ago when loy mauch, (pictured above) member of the arkansas house of representatives, made his controversial quote on slavery and christianity. Many southern christians felt that slavery, in one baptist minister’s words, “stands as an institution of god” here are some common arguments made by christians at the time: biblical reasons.
According to douglass’s recollection exemplified in “the narrative of the life of frederick douglass,” there were two types of christianity practice during slavery one being the true and real version, while the other being a motivation towards slavery.
As we have noted, a good deal of enlightenment thought (especially in the protestant world) still bore a christian character, and christian activism flourished during the ‘age of reason’ it has been a vital force ever since. Just as christians in the past used the bible to support slavery and racism, christians continued to defend their views using biblical passages as recently as the 1950s and '60's, christians vehemently opposed desegregation or race-mixing for religious reasons. Christian views on slavery are varied both regionally and historically slavery in various forms has been a part of the social environment for much of christianity's history, spanning well over eighteen centuries.
The christian scriptures and slavery: neither jesus, nor st paul, nor any other biblical figure is recorded as saying anything in opposition to the institution of slavery slavery was very much a part of life in judea, galilee, in the rest of the roman empire, and elsewhere during new testament times. The largest slave trade in the history of the world was created by christian european nations this is a fact it is also a fact that the bible very specifically endorses slavery. Not all slaves were christian, nor were all those who accepted christianity members of a church, but the doctrines, symbols, and vision of life preached by christianity were familiar to most.