Hot answers tagged

11 votes
Accepted

Do any of the seven ecumenical councils condemn slavery?

No, none of the ecumenical councils prohibit slavery, or deal with the subject to any significant extent. The closest connection to slavery that I have found in the ecumenical councils is the ...
user avatar
10 votes

Why do translations use words like "servants" to mean "slaves"?

Translation philosophy The translator's job is to pick the best word(s) to fit their translation philosophy. This could mean the most "literal" (i.e. technically accurate, ignoring connotations) ...
user avatar
  • 7,726
7 votes

Does the Catholic Church have a position on slavery reparations?

I do not think the Church has any official position, or any reason to have one. In the link provided, Rev. Farrakhan is quoting a papal bull dating from 1452, that is essentially authorizing the ...
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

Why do translations use words like "servants" to mean "slaves"?

The MacArthur New Testament Commentary has this to say: There is a word in the Old Testament for “slave” that appears eleven hundred times, but in your English Bible [KJV] it’s translated “slave” ...
user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

Did St. Paulinus of Nola sell himself into slavery to redeem one slave?

The story appears in Butler's Lives of Saints, a standard reference for many saints' histories. The relevant part of the (brief) Butler's entry reads: St. Gregory the Great tells us that when the ...
user avatar
  • 18.3k
5 votes

How did Baptists in the southern US justify slavery as compatible with Christianity?

I have not been able to find evidence of a Baptist argument for slavery that differs from other pro-slavery denominations. Baptist minister Richard Furman (for whom Furman University was named) ...
user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

How was slavery in the U.S. justified by Christianity?

Robert Bruce Mullin says in 'North America', published in A World History of Christianity (edited by Adrian Hastings), pages 437-8, that Southern religious figures claimed not only that was slavery a ...
user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

Referred to as 'slaves'?

Are we God's slaves? 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 12“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. ...
user avatar
  • 182
4 votes

What does John Wesley mean by this phrase?

The Latin phrase translates as “Athanasius against the world.” Athanasius was a Christian theologian, a Church Father, and the chief defender of Trinitarianism against Arianism. He battled against ...
user avatar
  • 24.4k
4 votes

What compelled John Wesley to take up the cause of Abolitionism?

You ask what compelled Wesley to take on slavery and become one of the early adopters of abolition. I found a somewhat lengthy and wordy paper on this subject and have extracted a few paragraphs that ...
user avatar
  • 24.4k
4 votes
Accepted

Has a slave served as a priest?

Has a slave served as a priest? Geremia does a great job in demonstrating that a being a slave is a serious impediment to being ordained. Nevertheless the Church does have examples of ex-slaves ...
user avatar
  • 54.2k
4 votes

Why did Sarai & Abram have the slave Hagar?

The presence of Hagar in the household of Abraham and Sarah is evidently a matter of the Providence of God as we see unfold the figure that she represents, that of bondage under a legal covenant. The ...
user avatar
  • 19.3k
4 votes

Referred to as 'slaves'?

We think of slavery negatively because in our most recent examples of it the slave owners were frequently abusive, and the society gave no way to escape the slave system. The Biblical slavery system ...
user avatar
  • 18.3k
4 votes

How was slavery in the U.S. justified by Christianity?

You're correct that nowhere in the Gospels does Jesus condone slavery--nor does he speak out against it. Outside the Gospels, numerous Bible passages have been used in defense of slavery through the ...
user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

What was the earliest Papal condemnation of slavery?

Condemnation of 'unjust' slavery came somewhat earlier than papal condemnation of 'just' slavery. The legitimacy of slavery was recognised in the Corpus Iuris Canonici, promulgated by Pope Gregory IX, ...
user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

Do Reformed paedobaptists call for the baptism of household servants, just as Abraham's servants were circumcised?

In a limited sense, yes, some Reformed paedobaptists have supported this: the presentation of slave children for baptism by their masters was practiced and supported in the Presbyterian Church in the ...
user avatar
3 votes

Referred to as 'slaves'?

Whenever one runs into a problematic verse, look it up in multiple translations. http://biblehub.com/1_peter/2.htm Two translations there use the word servant instead of slave. The term bondservant, ...
user avatar
  • 484
3 votes

How was the Bible used to reduce modern slavery?

Abolitionists generally took an indirect approach in arguing against slavery. Acknowledging that slavery appears in the Bible without an absolute prohibition, they argued from basic Christian ...
user avatar
2 votes
Accepted

Does the Catholic Church have a position on slavery reparations?

Does the Catholic Church have an official position on slavery reparations? There are two basis for reparations, a legal basis and a moral basis. Either one would require a more specific ...
user avatar
  • 4,577
2 votes
Accepted

Why did Sarai & Abram have the slave Hagar?

Why did Sarai and Abram have the slave Hagar? Slavery in biblical times was quite common. Yet the idea of having slaves had a somewhat different place in society amongst the Patriarchs. Many of the ...
user avatar
  • 54.2k
2 votes

Did St. Paulinus of Nola sell himself into slavery to redeem one slave?

Numerous hagiographies exist for saints, real or imagined, in the period prior to the fourth century, but in many cases they are simply traditions that grew over time. Wikipedia reports the tradition ...
user avatar
2 votes

Slavery in the classical ancient Christianity

From various passages in Isaiah, you can assemble a list of signs that Messiah would perform. 61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to ...
user avatar
2 votes

Has a slave served as a priest?

Slavery is an impediment to receiving the sacrament of Holy Orders. 1917 Code* canon 987 §4 (cf. 1983 Code canon 1042): The [following] are simply impeded [from receiving Holy Orders]:[…]4.° Those ...
user avatar
  • 33.3k
1 vote

Why did Sarai & Abram have the slave Hagar?

The word "slave" doesn't have to mean what we think of it as today. Many societies are very family oriented. When someone becomes aged or infirm, their family naturally supports and cares ...
user avatar
1 vote
Accepted

Did the Israelites/Hebrews have their own slaves or servants?

The Israelites and Jews had slaves throughout the biblical period, as various passages of the Bible attest. Exodus 12:44 talks of the purchase of slaves and the need for them to be circumcised, which ...
user avatar
1 vote
Accepted

Was Luke, the author of the Gospel and Acts, a slave?

Michael Card's hypothesis is interesting, and certainly not outside the realm of possibility. It is quite true that skilled Greeks were enslaved and brought to Italy during times of conquest and ...
user avatar
  • 308
1 vote

Does the Catholic Church have a position on slavery reparations?

I do not see any authoritative statement regarding reparations for slavery from the Vatican or from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, where I would expect them. The Vatican has, however, made ...
user avatar
  • 18.3k
1 vote

Why do translations use words like "servants" to mean "slaves"?

One thing to keep in mind about why the Translators of the authorized version (KJV) of the Bible in English might have chosen to use the word "servant" instead of the word "slave" when translating the ...
user avatar
  • 5,607

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible