Christianity and Slavery

by Luke Muehlhauser on May 10, 2009 in Quotes


- Bishop John Henry Hopkins, from A scriptural, ecclesiastical, and historical view of slavery (1864)

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Taranu May 10, 2009 at 9:32 am

I looked up the Wikipedia and found out that an anonymous Clergyman wrote a response to John Henry Hopkins’ pamphlet entitled: Bishop Hopkins Letter on Slavery Ripped Up and his Misuse of the Sacred Scriptures Exposed. Do you happen to have access to this book?


lukeprog May 10, 2009 at 10:04 am

Alas, no. Perhaps one day it will make it to Gutenberg Project.


Tom Rees May 10, 2009 at 12:45 pm

The relationship between christianity and slavery is very interesting. Christianity was, of course, responsible for freeing a lot of slaves in the post-Roman era. But it was a long, slow process – and the two co-existed for several centuries. Only to be replaced by serfdom, itself a form of slavery (but this time sanctioned by Christianity).


Reginald Selkirk May 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Use of the Bible to defend slavery, especially in 19th century USA


lukeprog May 10, 2009 at 2:57 pm


Where was that link supposed to point?


Lorkas May 10, 2009 at 7:14 pm

lukeprog: Where was that link supposed to point?

Maybe he’s just saying that the use of the Bible to defend slavery was an error?


Reginald Selkirk May 11, 2009 at 8:00 am


The African American Agnostic December 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Good Evening Luke,

I just stumbled upon your website while I was doing research for my book. Great material here! I’m writing about this very subject. My research has led me to the preliminary position that the route that most Black American Christians took in adopting this religion has done more harm than good. The violent uprooting of Africans from their native lands, the Middle Passage, the methodical destruction of their cultural identification, the relegation to the status of a piece of property; then to add insult to injury, the grafting of an alien religion with aliens gods (the triune one). Where is the respect for the indigenous African Gods that were worshiped by the African slave ancestors? Why aren’t more Black people asking these types of questions? Where are the Black Christians that can answer these types of questions? Why are these types of questions avoided?

I am seeking dialogue with any Black Christian textual critics that have actually studied the Judeo-Christian bible from an objective standpoint as opposed to the average emotional variety that I regularly encounter. I also want to be instrumental in bringing Black agnostics, freethinkers and atheists out of the “community closet” so to speak. Looking forward to more dialogue Luke.

Peace, respect and critical thinking,


lukeprog December 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm

You said it, brother.


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