11.19.15 notes Rel 150
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Slavery and Christianity 11/19/2015 ▯ John Newton wrote “Amazing Grace” Crucial slave owner and converted his slaves by force In the end of his life he realized his wrong doings and freed his slaves ▯ Slavery with Christianity (1800-1860) North and South sides of America used the Bible to their cause South felt that the grandson of Noah was the cursed race. So they must be condemned to slavery. Two different economies o North- industrial industries o South- Cotton massive money maker As they became more rich, the southerners bought more land and more slaves Mason Dixon line o Divides the north and south from slavery Main fight was about power o If south got rid of slaves they would have more representatives in Congress. Settled with 3/5 compromise. Population o 1790- 700,000 o 1850- 4 million Life o Life expectancy 20’s o Mortality rate 3x higher than white male o Marriages not allowed o Homicide of a slave was actually allowed. o Auctions separated families Christianity o Two big stories slaves focused more on: Exodus (free the Jews) Jesus (resurrection) Underground Railroad o Set of checkpoints to free the slaves o Had code songs that gave directions Abraham Lincoln o Makes a point that both sides could use the bible in their favor Post Bellum Days o Slavery is officially legal o Cities became crazy—law of the jungle o Riots o Lack of food o Corrupt police force Darwin o Comes up with evolution o Natural selection of the strongest adaptable being o God’s way of doing things or… o Its atheism o Social Darwinism Humanitarian impulses had to be resisted as nothing should be allowed to interfere with nature’s laws, including the social struggle for existence Reactions: Let all the chaos cities happen because eventually it’ll balance out. Social Gospel – take care of the individuals (feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, etc.) Karl Marx o Some consider him to be the founder of Communism o Marx idea was that religion was used to keep people in their place. o Was around during the Industrial Revolution o Wanted to distribute the wealth from the rich to the poor o Was angling towards the workers must revolt against the rich o Church sides with the factory owners which makes the workers upset because they felt the church should side with them. Corrupt church o “Religion is the opium of the masses” ▯ ▯
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