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Christians! Did you know atheists were the ones who were behind the movement to free the slaves?

James Thornwell, a minister, wrote in 1860, "The parties in this conflict are not merely Abolitionists and slaveholders, they are Atheists, Socialists, Communists, Red Republicans, Jacobins on the one side and the friends of order and regulated freedom on the other."

Just in case you were wondering, the minister was writing his defense of slavery, otherwise known as 'regulated freedom'.


Well then, Gemma, two points you shall have.

12 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Chalcedonian has it right.

    It is **Christians** who were behind the Abolitionist movement (and the Abolitionist movement is the name given to the movement to free the slaves).

    Certainly there were some atheists who **supported** that Christian movement - and some who did not! - but it was indisputably **Christians** who were behind the movement.

    Nicely misrepresented!

    - Jim,

  • 9 years ago

    The Americans were a bit late on the scene regarding the abolition of slavery. The British beat them to it. In Britain, the slave trade was abolished in 1807, and the slaves were freed in 1833. This originated among nonconformist Christian sects (like the Quakers) in the 18th century and then really got going as a polticial movement when driven by the Clapham sect, which was centred around wealthy Evangelical Anglicans as William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, and Granville Sharp. And they didn't need a violent revolution to do it, unlike the deists across the English Channel. Slavery is an abomination today thanks to Christianity, not atheism.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Fredrick Douglas was a Methodist. Harriet Tubman was a strong believer in Christianity. But of course, I suppose they don't count.

    Yes, there were atheists trying to free the slaves. But not every Christian was for slavery. You presume much. Can you say that every French person is rude? Then how can you say that atheists were the ones for freeing the slaves, and Christians weren't? Different people have different opinions.

  • Mythos
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    And there were Christians who were also against slavery back then, too. It's just that to "ministers" like this James Thornwell fellow, they weren't "real Christians", no doubt.

    Don't try and make it sound like atheists were the only ones who were against slavery.

    For that matter, how do you know there weren't atheist slave-owners in the south anywhere back then, hmm?

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  • 9 years ago

    Most of those old writings make it clear that True Bible Believing Christians were on the side of the slave holders and only the liberal Christians who didn't follow the Bible were abolitionists. Funny how they've had to reverse themselves now and claim that it was Christians that ended slavery, all because the moral standards of our society changed.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    uh...So? What point are you trying to get accross? Im a Christian and i am 100% against slavery. Good for those athiests who stood up for what they believe in, that is an admirable trait.

  • 5 years ago

    I genuinely do no longer understand if it has a gamble or no longer. i think of it somewhat is a spectacular theory. although, issues are going to come again in from the people who can no longer appreciate or do no longer care to attempt to comprehend perspectives that are distinctive from theirs.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Most people today are indentured servants through birth certificates, social security, and taxes. Also, there are many people that wouldn't mind being a slave as long as they are well fed and not treated harshly.

    It's amazing that atheists have to look back 252 years to make a partial justification for their beliefs.

  • 9 years ago


    "Just in case you were wondering" No I wasn't wondering about it. But, I needed 2 points.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    It makes perfect sense to me, as Christians used the Bible to justify slavery.

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