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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Churches Can’t Choose ‘Neutrality’

In the Face of Moral Crisis, Churches Can’t Choose ‘Neutrality’
How Civil War–era churches that avoided taking sides on slavery ended up siding with its supporters.
Paul Harvey
In antebellum and Civil War–era America, churches and denominations along the border between North and South voiced what would have been considered “moderate” opinions on slavery. But as April Holm shows in A Kingdom Divided, neutrality was attractive but never really neutral. It was a political choice like any other. Border-region evangelicals were not proslavery ideologues; neither were they abolitionists. Mostly, they believed churches should focus on “spiritual” ...
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