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Studies on Slavery (1852)


Studies on Slavery (1852)

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    John Fletcher
Excerpt from book: Hence, Channing says: " That same inward principle, which teaches a man what he is bound to do to others, teaches equally, and at the same instant, what others are bound to do to him." " His conscience, in revealing the moral law, does not reveal a law for himself only, but speaks as a universal legisator." "There is no deeper principle in human nature than the consciousness of right." Vol. ii. p. 33. And Barnes, on Slavery, says: P. 881. " If the Bible could be shown to defend and countenance slavery as a good institution, it would make thousands of infidels: for there are multitudes of minds that will see more clearly that slavery is against all the laws which God has written on the human soul, than they would see, that a book, sanctioning such a system, had evidence of Divine origin." And this same author makes Dr. Wayland say: P. 310. " Well may we ask, in the words of Dr. Wayland, (pp. 83, 84,) whether there was ever such a moral superstructure raised on such a foundation ? The doctrine of purgatory from a verse of Maccabees: the doctrine of papacy from the saying of Christ to Peter: the establishment of the Inquisition from the obligation to extend the knowledge of religious truth, all seem nothing to it. If the religion of Christ allows such a license from such precepts as these, the New Testament woul be the greatest curse that ever was inflicted on our race." This book, as quoted by Barnes, we have not seen. Such is the doctrine of these theologians, growing out of the possession, as they imagine, of this distinct moral faculty, infallibly teaching them the truth touching the moral quality of the actions of men. And what is its effect upon their scarcely more wicked pupils ? One of them, in a late speech in Congress, says: " Sir, I must expre...  
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