SteveFoerster wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:44 pm
So, other than the fourth through the twenty-first centuries, the history of Christianity was perfectly peaceful? If you're going to credit the good aspects of Western civilisation to Christianity, it's also on the hook for its ill aspects, particularly its centuries of chattel slavery.
As I said, don't let the misdeeds of Christians blind you to the overall trajectory of Christian civilization - which was to make humanity more civilized over the centuries.
As for slavery, Christianity's record of slavery is better than you think. Don't forget it started as a faith of the downtrodden in the Roman empire. It was the religion of slaves and women. Christian ideas alleviated the sufferings of the slaves. There was actually two periods of abolishment movements. The first started in the late Roman empire which improved the treatment of slaves and later after the Roman empire fell in the west, abolished it altogether. By the 11th century, there was no more slavery in western Europe.
An example of an early abolitionist was St Bathilde
. She was herself a slave. But in a fairy tale romance, she married King Clovis of the Franks.
The second started in the 18th century or perhaps earlier in response to the enslavement of the Africans. The enslavement of Africans did not start with the Europeans. There was already slavery there and European slavers simply bought those already enslaved by the Africans
. Slavery did not end when Europeans abolished it. The British even contributed ships to stop slavery by Africans and Arabs. They put an end to it in the regions they colonized. But even today, slavery still exists in Africa long after the west abolished it. Mauritania
is a good example.
No doubt abolitionists were inspired by the Bible:
Exodus 21:16 “Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death.
Galatians 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
For those multiculturalists who say all cultures are equally good, ask yourself why there was no abolition movement in Islam. It is because Mohammed himself kept slaves. This inspires ISIS to capture sex slaves. Even today, you will find Imams defending slavery.