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On divine judgment against slavery

Summary

Albert J. Raboteau quotes those who interpreted the American Civil War theologically.

Summary

Albert J. Raboteau quotes those who interpreted the American Civil War theologically.

Transcript

The notion that God is a just judge was extremely important for them. David Walker, who writes an appeal in the 1840s, says that God will not be mocked; God is just, and he will tear up this very nation – predicting basically the Civil War. And belatedly, President Abraham Lincoln, in the second inaugural, comes to the same conclusion – that, if it’s in God’s judgment that every drop of blood drawn by the lash must be paid for by blood drawn by the sword, let it be said now as it was 3,000 years ago that he is righteous in his judgments altogether. So, here you have an original case of where a President is agreeing with the theology of slaves.