The Legacy Of The Antebellum Debate Over Slavery Essay

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The Antebellum Debate over Slavery, a questionable topic, split the nation and the church into separate entities. Whether Christians believed slavery was morally correct cannot be answered with a simple “yes” or “no”. It may have been a surprise that some religious traditions have not always been opposed to what today is clearly judged as a “heinous social evil: slavery.” It has been historically argued that the role of Christianity played parts in both the promotion and abolition of slavery. Note that this is not a judgment or self-righteous criticism to those who came before, but an understanding of their lives during that time that affected their beliefs. Lincoln describes the centrality of religion to the crisis of the union, “both read the same Bible, and pray to same God”, but still hold different beliefs. The question is then: how did two entirely opposed views develop from the same core belief? Why did some people read the Bible and conclude that it supported slavery, while others used the Bible as their foundation for the abolition of slavery? The religious response to slavery in America is both in support and opposition, due to contrasting understandings and representations of the scripture. Although the controversy over slavery was debated in religious and moral terms, Christians were additionally influenced by society, the political culture, what region they resided in, along with specific events that may have persuaded them one way or another. It all begins…

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