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Paul And Slavery


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So lately I've been reading about biblical morality and looking at Paul's comments regarding slavery. There is no doubt that Paul is less harsh than most Old Testament prescriptions regarding slaves...but that doesn't change the fact that Paul never speaks out against the institution! Sure, he tells slave owners to never threaten their chattel and to regard them as brothers...but he also tells slaves to obey their masters and returns Philemon's slave back to him.

 

It's been interesting reading apologetic rationalizations for slavery. Some have argued that the roman empire could not have handled a recently freed population of slaves...that the economic and social infrastructure would buckle and break under so many slaves receiving their freedom. This seems like a lack of faith on the part of Christian Apologists!

 

Also the bible isn't afraid to unequivocally defend many other causes...isn't it strange that it would compromise in an area modern moral sensibility condemns?

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It's been interesting reading apologetic rationalizations for slavery. Some have argued that the roman empire could not have handled a recently freed population of slaves...that the economic and social infrastructure would buckle and break under so many slaves receiving their freedom. This seems like a lack of faith on the part of Christian Apologists!

Yet, apologists have no problem with Roman empire commerce being disrupted by a worldwide census that required people to travel to their birth towns to register (per Luke).

Such an event would have clogged roads, shut down businesses, and interfered with agriculture as well.

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