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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 7. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), The conflict with slavery (search)
he oppressors of the poor is called forth by the writer's stoical contemplation of the tyranny of his Christian brethren at the South. It is not necessary, says Evangelicus, to inquire whether the New Testament does not tolerate slavery as a permanent institution. And this is said when the entire slave-holding church has sheltered its abominations under the pretended sanction of the gospel; when slavery, including within itself a violation of every command uttered amidst the thunders of Sinai, a system which has filled the whole South with the oppression of Egypt and the pollutions of Sodom, is declared to be an institution of the Most High. With all due deference to the author, we tell him, and we tell the church, North and South, that this question must be met. Once more we repeat the solemn inquiry which has been already made in our columns, Is the Bible to enslave the world Has it been but a vain dream of ours that the mission of the Author of the gospel was to undo the heav