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The Origins of Proslavery Christianity: White and Black Evangelicals in Colonial and Antebellum Virginia

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In the colonial and antebellum South, black and white evangelicals frequently prayed, sang, and worshipped together. Even though white evangelicals claimed spiritual fellowship with those of African descent, they nonetheless emerged as the most effective defenders of race-based slavery.

As Charles Irons persuasively argues, white evangelicals' ideas about slavery grew direc
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Paperback, 366 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by University of North Carolina Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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I read this book after seeing it mentioned on The Gospel Coalition. It helped me to better understand the role southern churches played in pro-slavery movements, the Civil War, and race relations in the aftermath. It was sometimes hard to read but provided me with a perspective I had not previously considered.
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Heartbreaking and true. This book is a tough book to read, both because of its academic rigor and because it's telling a story that is hard to hear. Through careful research of Virginia church records, Charles Irons tells a story about a legacy that continues to haunt the church today.
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Although it was somewhat laborious to read, the arguments in this book are well put together and paint a remarkable picture of how proslavery Christianity formed and changed over time. The epilogue brings the book to a chilling close by alluding to the violent postbellum consequences of these religious dynamics.
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