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Non-Persons Yesterday and Today

Non-Persons Yesterday and Today

The other day I asked, Can you identify the context of this passage? To have a persona [to be a person] was to have a face before the law—which is to say, to be recognized as one possessing rights and privileges before a court, or as being able to give testimony upon the strength of one’s own word, or simply as owning a respectable social identity. For [your turn–fill in the blanks here], legal personality did not exist, or existed…

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The Bible, God, Genocide, Slavery, Misogyny, and Other Strange Stuff

The Bible, God, Genocide, Slavery, Misogyny, and Other Strange Stuff

Book Review Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God by Paul Copan The Old Testament God doesn’t seem to make sense. “New Atheists” like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris accuse him of genocide, and most Christians have no idea how to answer. Added to that are charges that God endorsed slavery, enacted grossly inequitable treatment of women, legislated unreasonably harsh punishments for minor offenses, and delivered an embarrassingly quirky set of strange laws…

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Wilberforce: Real Christianity, Discipling Our Minds

Wilberforce: Real Christianity, Discipling Our Minds

A reference in J.P. Moreland’s modern classic, Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul, steered me toward another classic, this one by William Wilberforce: Real Christianity. The link there is to a modern language update published in 2007. I’ve been reading it in ebook form, so I won’t be able to supply you page numbers, and the passages I bring you will be as Wilberforce wrote them. In view of…

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“Christianity and the Abolitionist Movement”

“Christianity and the Abolitionist Movement”

[Note added December 4, 2009: I see from my logs that this page has been made an assignment from a course hosted at moodle.esourceportal.org. It’s a private site, so I cannot see the context from which the assignment was made. I would be grateful if one of you who are visiting from there could tell me more about the course, and how this web page was made part of the material for it. I am re-opening the comments, which normally…

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“Slavery, Christianity, and Islam”

“Slavery, Christianity, and Islam”

Robert Spencer writes of religion and slavery in world history, including: [T]he pressure to end [slavery] moved from Christendom into Islam, not the other way around. There was no Muslim Clarkson, Wilberforce, or Garrison. In fact, when the British government in the nineteenth century adopted the view of Wilberforce and the other abolitionists as its own and thereupon began to put pressure on pro-slavery regimes, the Sultan of Morocco was incredulous precisely because of the audacity of the innovation that…

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