Frederick Douglass 's Views On Christianity Essay

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Frederick Douglass had strong views on Christianity. Frederick spoke about many slaveholders who were religious and used it to be barbaric. Captain Thomas Auld, one of Douglass’s masters, attended a church in Maryland and became a “pious” man, who used his new religion, Christianity, to be even more vicious and brutal towards his slaves. He believed that if a slave master was a man of Christianity he was automatically more full of hate towards slaves than a non-religious slaveholder. “...I, therefore hate the corrupt slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of the land… I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of frauds, and the grossest of all libels.”
Of course, Douglass doesn’t seem like he would be a very religious man considering his open distaste for Christianity but The Narrative Of Frederick Douglass had included symbols referring to the traditional African religion. Douglass was so close they considered each other family with the other slaves, he even said he thought that they would all rather die than be separated or put each other into danger. Sandy Jenkins is a huge part of Frederick’s experience with the accustomed African religion. Douglass was afraid of being subjected to Covey’s wrath and Sandy gave Douglass a root that supposedly would keep him from harm 's way for as long as he kept it with him. He was skeptical, but after his too good to be true good luck he believed in Sandy’s root.
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