Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Case For Salvery

The Fallacy of the Bible Argument:
Christianity forbids Slavery

  • There is no rule of conscience or revealed law of God which can condemn us.
  • Society would stand guilty of a high offense in the sight of both god and man, if we rashly end slavery.
  • The Original sin of introduction of slavery does not rest on our heads. The world will not end, if slavery continues.
  • Yes, we admit that slavery is goes against the spirit of Christianity:

o But, there is nothing in the Old or New Testament that which would go to show that slavery, when once introduced, ought to all events to be abrogated, or that the master commits any offense in holding slaves.

o But, the children of Israel themselves were slave holders , and were nver condemned for it

  • Christ came to save a fallen world, and not to excite black passions of men and array them in deadly hostility against each other.
  • Christ was born in a world, in which the most galling slavery existed, 1000x more cruel than today. Yet, he no where encourages insurrection - he nowhere fosters discontent, - but exhorts always to implicit obedience and fidelity
The Fallacy of the Moral Argument:
moral effects of slavery are of the most deleterious and the hurtful kind
  • The Master is kind and indulgent to his slaves. (i.e. slave girl narrative)
  • He metes out to them, for faithful service, the reward of his cordial approbation
  • The relationships between the slave and his master is a good way to teach children how to treat others.
  • The slaveholders are characterized by noble and elevated sentiment, by humane and virtuous feelings. We cannot find ones that are: cold, contracted, and/or selfish.
  • The most cruel masters are those who are unaccustomed to slavery.
  • Northern gentlemen, who marry southern southern mistress, are much severer masters than southern gentlemen
  • Being a master and wielding authority, humanizes and softens the heart
  • Yes, there are cruel masters, but there are also cruel fathers. Both make people around them shudder with horror.
  • The relationship of master & slave is more close than any other.
  • The slaves of a good master, are his warmest, most constant and most devoted friends; they have been accustomed to look up to him as their supporter, director, and defender
  • A slave rejoices rejoices in the elevation and prosperity of his master
  • Judge Smith, in an emergency he would rely upon his own slaves for his defense - he put arms into their hands, and he had no doubt they would defend him faithfully
  • In the Southampton insurrection, many masters armed their slaves to quell the insurrection
  • A slave is happy where he/she is, the idea of liberty would just dry up the very sources of his happiness
The Fallacy of the Anti-Republican Argument:
slavery is unfavorable to the republican spirit
  • The ancient republics of Greece and Rome, where spirit of liberty glowed with most intensity, the slaves were numerous than freemen
  • Liberty has always been more ardently desired by slave holding communities
  • The man to the north will not shake hands familiar with his servant, and converse, and laugh, and dine with him. But go to the south, and you will find that no white man feels such inferiority of rank as to be unworthy of association with those around him.
The Fallacy of a Revolt:
insecurity of the whites, arising from plots, insurrections, among blacks
  • This evil has been most strangely and causelessly exaggerated
  • The slave loves his mater and his family
  • Blacks are as much civilized as they are in the United States
  • If the salve revolts, the slave risks his education, happiness, and life
  • If slaves do revolt, the revolt would be unorganized and easy to quell. (i.e Nat Turner's Rebellion)

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