Reading Time: 11 minutes Some moral questions are difficult. Some are shrouded in uncertainty. Some come into focus only with the passage of time. There are some on which reasonable people can disagree. Then there is slavery. Sadly, the horror of slavery still exists in 2022, both in practice and in its legacy. There are still thought to be […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes We’ll conclude our analysis of a Christian defense of God’s barbaric Old Testament rules regulating slavery. Though it’s hard to imagine, it’s time to consider the good side of slavery.
Reading Time: 4 minutes We’ll continue our analysis of a Christian defense of God’s barbaric Old Testament rules regulating slavery. What does God really think? And how much leeway must you give a society that has immoral laws?
Reading Time: 4 minutes God regulates slavery instead of banning it, so he must approve—or does he? Perhaps Jesus can rescue God’s good name by reinterpreting the Old Testament.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Christians like circles. Especially arguing in them. I have just started reading the late biblical scholar Hector Avalos’ recent book Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship. In the introduction, he points out a startlingly obvious and yet incredibly important observation. “My project actually began with a puzzling experience,” he writes. “If one reads […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes There’s a quote by 19th-century essayist Charles Dudley Warner that I think about every time I revisit world history. As he wrote, “It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous.” Cute, right? But the phenomenon he observed, of thinking ourselves automatically morally […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes The quote below is apropos today for Kristi Noem, the governor of my state, South Dakota, and a visceral “critical race theory” opponent: “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?” This famous and consequential retort was leveled against rabid anti-communist U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) on June 9, 1954, by Joseph N. […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes Hi and welcome back! Today being the 4th of July, I thought I’d offer some past posts about freedom — and then some links our community has been talking about today. Happy 4th! FREEDOM! Operation Pitchfork and a Moment of Crisis. A bunch of online game players decide to strike a defiant blow against tyranny […]
Reading Time: 15 minutes To hear Tim Keller talk, you’d think the Christian church was responsible for every progressive social step forward that Western civilization has taken. In order to support this idea, Keller turns in chapter four of The Reason for God to address the developments of the Abolition movement and of the Civil Rights movement in the United […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes Now we’re told that biblical slavery was not at all like American slavery, slavery was entrenched in society (so cut Jesus some slack), and Jesus actually *did* end slavery . . . just not immediately. Let the critique begin.