Slavery : A Rough Draft

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Michael Gaudioso Mr. Alexander Freshman Theology Honors 28 October 2014 SLAVERY IN CHURCH ESSAY ROUGH DRAFT When we think of the word slavery, extremely negative connotations to mind. We think of how millions of African people were rounded up like sheep, stuffed into boats with horrible conditions, and brought to this country where they were treated as lesser people. They were forced to work without pay, in one of the most unforgiving occupations, farming. All this because of where they were from and the color of their skin. Despite this, many people actually defended slavery using the bible. Passages such as St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians approves slaves where he writes, “Slaves, obey your human master in everything, not only when being watched, as currying favor, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord.” However, due to the inhumanity of slavery, during Vatican II the Church reversed its ideas on slavery. This massive change took place more than 80 years after the end of reconstruction. This long period of time raises many questions regarding the Church 's ability to make that big of a change, and why the Church waited so long make those changes. These types of questions can be answered by going back into the bible, and into the Church’s history through a process called Biblical criticism. The process of Biblical Criticism is when a theologian analyzes a passage of scripture in terms of the time and place of its writing. This process is useful when
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