HISTORY: Christian conscience and slavery

The issue of ‘Cambridge Papers: towards a biblical mind’ for June 2006 is by Dr John Coffey (Reader in Early Modern History, University of Leicester) with the title, “The abolition of the slave trade: Christian conscience and political action.”

John Coffey concludes that “God can use conscientious Christians who think globally and act locally to accomplish seemingly impossible things.”

He argues that, although the political contingences and other motivations were important, the biblical doctrines of human equality, right to liberty, love for others and divine judgement on oppressors drove the British abolitionists to action.

The Cambridge Papers are available free for downloading in PDF here