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 […]
Why doesn’t the New Testament condemn slavery? Is the Bible hopelessly behind on humane ethics? How could southern slaveholders say the Scriptures supported the practice? My article on The Question of Slavery has just been posted at BreakPoint.
A popular-level follow-up to Paul Copan’s book on the ethics of the Old Testament: If Bible-believing Southerners had followed Israel’s law code, antebellum slavery would not have existed or been much of an issue. [From Does the Old Testament Endorse Slavery? An Overview]
This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series God and Genocide 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 […]
This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series Basic Discipleship of the Mind 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 […]
[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 […]
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 […]