The Methodist Episcopal Church and Slavery; A Historical Survey of the Relation of the Early Methodists to Slavery

The Methodist Episcopal Church and Slavery; A Historical Survey of the Relation of the Early Methodists to Slavery

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...Yet the denial of this axiomatic truth is the main pillar of Slavery; acknowledge this, and the giant sin at once tumbles to its native pit without the hope of a resurrection. Well might Bishop Asbury say, "If the gospel tolerates Slavery, what will it not authorize?" _ Although the same system of terrorism was brought to bear upon them, that is menaced in our day, yet there were several other causes which abated the action of our Church, and led to this suspension. Public opinion at this period was deluded with-the idea, that as the principles of the Revolution were abroad, and as the foreign slave trade would soon cease, that Slavery itself would soon die out. Some of our wisest and best statesmen were of this opinion, and many of our leading preachers were equally carried away with this delusion. And some of both classes really appeared to think that further action against it was unnecessar if not injurious. And further: mainly through the Methodists t e work of emancipation was fairly in progress, and seemed to indicate to many the final extirpation of this great evil. But there was nothing in all this controversy, which so generally and efibctually checked the ministers of our Church in their immediate efforts to extirpate Slavery like the supposed exclusion of access to the slave. They had the temporal and spiritual good of the slave at heart. Bishop Asbury frequently observes in his Journal, "That their commission.at the extreme South, was rather to the slaves than to the whites." Hence it is not surprisinglthat when they saw themselves in some cases excluded from those who had been begotten in bonds, and who would now be left without their care or instruction, that some of the preachers began to waver and...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236739663
  • 9781236739667