Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

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Seun Ajongbolo
HUMA 202.001
Dr. Derwin Campbell
04/23/2015
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself Theme: False versus True Christianity
In this theme, Fredrick Douglass contrasts the both forms of Christianity to show the underlying hypocrisy in slavery. The results show that slavery is not religious as it exposes the evils in human bondage. These ideals however can be distorted so as to fit in the society.
Two forms of Christianity are presented in “The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass and each of them describes and functions differently throughout the text. Based on Douglass thoughts, there are the false and real versions of religion where the “true” form of Christianity is practiced by himself and all the other white people who were opposed to slavery. False religion from the author’s point of view hypocrites who were Christians and practiced slavery. According to Fredrick Douglass in his book, “...I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of the land... I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, and the grossest of all libels. Never was there a clearer case of 'stealing the livery of the court of heaven to serve the devil in. ' I am filled with unutterable loathing when I contemplate the religious pomp and show, together with the horrible inconsistencies, which everywhere surround me. We have men-stealers for
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