By Molly Oshatz
During this groundbreaking exam of the antislavery origins of liberal Protestantism, Molly Oshatz contends that the antebellum slavery debates compelled antislavery Protestants to undertake an historicist realizing of fact and morality.
Unlike previous debates over slavery, in antebellum the US the main query used to be even if slavery used to be a sin within the summary. not able to exploit the letter of the Bible to reply to the declare that slavery was once now not a sin in and of itself, antislavery Protestants argued that biblical ideas required competition to slavery and that God printed slavery's sinfulness throughout the slow unfolding of those rules. even if they believed that slavery was once a sin, antislavery Protestants' sympathy for person slaveholders and their wisdom of the Bible made them reluctant to denounce all slaveholders as sinners. which will reconcile slavery's sinfulness with their commitments to the Bible and to the Union, antislavery Protestants outlined slavery as a social instead of a person sin. Oshatz demonstrates that the antislavery notions of revolutionary revelation and social sin had radical implications for Protestant theology.
Oshatz contains her learn during the Civil conflict to bare how emancipation proven for northern Protestants the idea that God printed His will via historical past. She finds how, after the struggle, a brand new iteration of liberal theologians drew in this event to answer evolution and old biblical feedback. Slavery and Sin presents serious perception into how the theological options rooted within the slavery debates got here to fruition in liberal Protestantism's popularity of the historic and evolutionary nature of spiritual truth.
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