God and Slavery (Part two)
I am working on a research paper about Pro-Slavery arguments used from the Bible in pre-Civil War America.
One of the more interesting arguments came from a guy named Frederick Ross. Ross was a Presbyterian preacher who in 1857 made a speech about abolitionists and what they were preaching.
Ross said that Abolitionists could not be finding their justification in the Bible. He said people who see slavery “in harmony with the Bible” can cling to it more confidently because they were right. He said that according to them “Paul [was] moved by the Holy ghost to sanction the philosophy of Thomas Jefferson.”
He said that abolitionists couldn’t “torture” the words out that they wanted so they went elsewhere to learn what they could read back into the Bible.
Now, I think that slavery is evil. I am glad it is over, but on some points I have to agree with him. I think in the Bible, due to the cultural context, you have slaves implored to obey their masters. You have Paul sending Onesimus back to his owner after he ran away.
That is not to say that abolitionists didn’t have Biblical points as well, but I find this ping pong f religious conversation very interesting. More to come!