Lecture III: objections considered.
- Objections classified -- popular views discussed -- “all men are born free and equal” -- “all men are created equal” -- “all men in a state of nature are free and equal” -- and the particular form in which Dr. Wayland expresses the popular idea, viz., “the relation in which men stand to each other is the relation of equality; not equality of condition, but equality of right” -- remarks on Dr. Wayland's course -- his treatise on moral Science as a text-book.
it is now appropriate to consider some of the speculations in Moral Science which may be supposed to invalidate the position discussed in the preceding lecture. As far as they have come under my notice, they all belong to one class. The general objection may be thus stated: Slavery is an abridgment of rights to which the enslaved are entitled by nature; or, more logically, slavery is an abridgment of inalienable rights. This doctrine is expressed in different forms of language, but is essentially the same in meaning. It is with the