may be violated,) affirms, “that the gospel is diametrically opposed to the principle
The moral precepts of the Bible
, which he assumes to be diametrically opposed to the principle of slavery, are, (as quoted by himself,) “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself;
and all things whatsoever
ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so unto them.”
He says that, “were this precept obeyed, it is manifest that slavery could not in fact exist for a single instant.
of the precept is absolutely subversive of the principle
That the gospel should, nevertheless, acknowledge slaveholders (for neither the Jewish nor the Roman
any citizen to hold slaves) as “believers
,” and “worthy of all honor
,” and require of the Christian
slaves held by them to acknowledge them as brethren
, that is, good men, and accord them all honor
, is evidently a troublesome question to the Doctor
There is no room for surprise.
The second scripture quoted, it is allowed, interprets the first.
In what sense then are we to understand the duty inculcated in the second?
There are only two senses in which the form of the expression will allow us to evolve any significance whatever.
The first is, Do unto another whatsoever you would have him to do unto you, if you were in his situation; and the second is,