Christianity and Emancipation, Or, the Teachings and the Influence of the Bible Against Slavery
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863 Excerpt: ...a sort of official patronage for the enfranchisement of mankind of whom the major part were then in slavery. The places consecrated to the Christian faith became the asylums of liberty--the inviolable free soil. The church, at this solemn moment, accepted from God and from Constantine the task of emancipating the world without overturning it." This imperial edict is a high and ineffaceable watermark by which to measure the elevation of humanity through the gospel. To appreciate it, we must remind ourselves again, how the later pagan emperors had imposed new restrictions upon the ancient right of manumission; how vainly one looks for anything like common human feeling in the Roman slave-law of republican times, and that of the earlier empire; how the humane and candid historian, Tacitus, commends, as a measure "both of justice and security," the decree of the Roman Senate, that "if any one was killed by his slaves, not only all his household slaves, but all under his roof who were made free by his will, should be executed for the murder;" we must remind ourselves how, when under Nero, the prefect of the city, Pedanius Secundus, was murdered by a slave, four hundred slaves were adjudged to death; and when the populace threatened to prevent the execution, the Senate voted that it should go forward--Caius Cassius arguing that the mixed rabble of slaves must be restrained by the utmost terrors of the law; and through lines of soldiers awing the people, these four hundred bondmen were led to a butchery like that of Dahomey. Tacitus records this bloody holocaust of slavery, without one word of horror or of adverse criticism! At that time, Paul, the prisoner of the same Nero, himself in bonds at Rome, dictated by the hands of Onesimus, whom...
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