God said what? People throughout history have made up differing versions of what God is.
Here in the west, in good ole America, flatworld religion is firmly based in magical thinking. God is on our side, along with “Israel”, of course.
Slavery was customary in antiquity, and it is condoned by the Torah, which occasionally compels it. The Bible uses the Hebrew term ebed to refer to slavery; however, ebed has a much wider meaning than the English term slavery, and in several circumstances it is more accurately translated into English as servant. It was seen as legitimate to enslave captives obtained through warfare, but not through kidnapping. Children could also be sold into debt bondage, which was sometimes ordered by a court of law.
Thomas J. Murphy, Jesuit Slaveholding in Maryland, 1717-1838, New York, Routledge, 2001. 258 pages. Reviewed by Maura Jane Farrelly, Voice of America, for the Journal of Southern Religion.
Murphy asserts that the Jesuits serving in Maryland in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries had their own unique motives for slaveholding. The community also had unique motives when, in 1838, it chose to abandon the institution of slavery, not by manumitting its 272 slaves (a practice that was not uncommon in Maryland at the time), but by selling them to two sugar plantation owners in Louisiana.
It is no coincidence that the Society of Jesus turned to slave labor in the last third of the seventeenth century, at about the same time as the rest of the free, land-owning population in Maryland. To say that the Jesuits had “unique” motives is not to imply that they did not have the same motives for slaveholding as everyone else.
…the Jesuits had rich philosophical and theological traditions to draw from when justifying their decision to use slave labor on their plantations.
At the time, the Catholic Church did not view slaveholding as immoral, said the Rev. Thomas R. Murphy, a historian at Seattle University who has written a book about the Jesuits and slavery.
Let’s get this straight:
God said slavery was cool. The same God who “killed his only begotten son”. The same God Hitler invoked, per chance ? The God of the KKK! The “God” who made man the boss and women property?
– grandpa dale in the hood