Bible Sanctions Slavery

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Slavery has been an issue, a debate, and a force in American Society for many years.

Addressing this touchy subject is one that is most difficult, but necessary. Although slavery has

laced many chapters of biblical mention, The American Slavery System has not upheld those

writings to their full extent. In comparing the writings of Richard Furman- Exposition of the

Views of the Baptists Relative to the Coloured Population in the United States to that of Angelina

Grimke- Appeal to the Christian Women of the South, many refutes will come to pass and some

clarity on the subject of slavery in America will be in place. The arguments and evidence brought

forth by each writer, and the obvious winner in this debate shall be evident. The broader subject

taking place in American society over the issue of slavery Pre-Civil War is a subject Grimke

Beginning with the writings of Richard Furman, he argues the fact that master to slave

relationships existed in The New Testament. Furman also argues had the holding of slaves

been a moral evil, The Apostles who feared their God, and willingly laid down their lives for

any cause of their God, were convinced He (their God) would not have tolerated slavery in the

Christian Church. Furman also refutes Grimke’s Appeal concerning the nature in which slaves

were kept, stating a slave becomes a part of his master’s family, (the whole, forming under

him a little community) and the care of ordering it and providing for its welfare, devolves him.

Lastly, Furman argues if the holding of slaves is lawful, or according to the scriptural rule, can

be considered as requiring no more of the master, in respect of justice than what he, if a slave,

could consistently wish to be done to himself, while the master to slave relationship should still

be continued.

Furman has very little solid evidence backing his claims. Furman refers to The New

Testament, stating claims of the countries possessed and governed by the Romans being full of

slaves. Furman makes light of the relationships between masters and slaves during this biblical

record, stating the fact that although they were slaves, they were converted to Christianity and

they appeared to have enjoyed equal privileges while maintaining the master to slave mentality.

In reading, all other accounts of assumed evidence would only be considered a list of ways to

justify, but more strongly persuade the addressed readers by Richard Furman. Furman feels in

proving the subject of slavery justifiable by scriptural authority, its morality is also proved; for

the Divine Law never sanctions immoral actions. As far as the violent nature in which slaves

were kept, Furman portrays all slaves as a class of poverty stricken violent people, who if were

not detained and provided for by The American Slavery System, would destroy the respectable

communities they were sold into. Furman states the Christian golden rule, of doing to others,

as we would they should do to us, has been urged as an unanswerable argument against holding

slaves. But this rule is not to be urged against that order of things, which the Divine government

has established; nor do our desires become a standard to us, under this rule, unless they have

a due regard to justice, propriety and the general good. All things mentioned as an account

of evidence follow a rebuttal, in attempt to justify the action take on southern slaves in The

American Slavery System.

Angelina Grimke touches base with many of the claims Furman argues, refuting the logic

of his writing in her Appeal to the Christian Women of the South. Grimke’s argument backing

the fact that it is sinful to keep those in bondage that came down through inheritance should be

overthrown. Grimke ultimately agrees with the fact that the Bible sanctions slavery, and that

it is the highest authority. Grimke also states how great of an...
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