The Christian Bible's Arguments Over Slavery

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The Christian Bible was an important tool used in the arguments over slavery. Both pro-slavery ministers and abolitionists used scripture in order to justify their positions. One pro-slavery minister was George Armstrong, who wrote The Christian Doctrine of Slavery. On the other side of the argument was Angelina Emily Grimke, a young woman from South Carolina who wrote a letter in favor of abolition addressed to the Christian women of the South. This use of the Bible would continue to make Christianity a key component of the debate over slavery. George Armstrong acknowledges that The Bible is the ultimate authority before he spends time justifying slavery. First, he argues that the New Testament does not label slave holding a sin, even

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