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Reverent J.C. Postell in chapter four of the manual states that the slaves are brimming with all sin in their natural state, and their enslavement “revolutionizes them from such a state… where they may have the Gospel, and the privileges of Christians.” However, other slavery supporters, including Douglass’ masters the Ault family do not deem the slaves worthy of reading the Bible. Douglass reflects on Christianity positively when he discusses the Sabbath school, meant to teach slaves the Bible. The dismantling of the Sabbath school by religious leaders is an important turning point in Douglass’ faith journey and more importantly his self-concept. After beginning to teach Douglass to read, the Aults realize that an educated slave elevates in agency and is “of no value to his master.” (Douglass 1196). To Douglass, “he who proclaims it a religious duty to read the Bible denies me the right of learning to read the name of the God who made me” (Douglass 1236).
He hoped by writing his own narrative, that novel would open up the eyes of the people around him to the harshness of the slavery that took place before his very eyes. Despite Douglass' minimal education, he managed to amplify his passion , emerged from a slave to a free man, and in turn, made him a major voice in educating others against the evils of slavery. He also accomplished in granting his readers the luxury of providing them information in the novel, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, how religion and it's literature, the bible, had a negative,influence and effect on slavery as well as development of White Christianity.
Another w... ... middle of paper ... ...oth Frederick Douglass and William Apess share many of the same qualms with the form of Christianity that is being practiced by those "above" them. This can truly be understood if one knows anything about the teachings of the Christian religion. It preaches love, forgiveness, and kindness to your fellow man. The actions of the slave holders in the South and the Indian oppressors in the North are a direct contradiction to the teachings of the religion they "piously" follow. Both authors show that the whites' actions and deeds are mere "face" paying to a God it seems they don't even respect.
Southern slaveowners claimed that they were upholding their Christian duty by engaging in slavery, rescuing slaves from a life of struggle and faithlessness. Douglass dispels this myth by exposing the many flaws of Mr. Covey’s morality, shocking northern Christians with his Christian hypocrisy and faulty character. Douglass introduces Mr. Covey as a “nigger-breaker,” denouncing his ability for human emotion and sympathy(79). Douglass evokes a sense of ethics and judgement in his Northern audience as he questions the authenticity of Mr. Covey’s faith: “I do verily believe that he sometimes deceived himself into the solemn belief that he was a sincere worshipper of the most high God” (82).
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass written by Frederick Douglass himself is a brutally honest portrayal of slavery's dehumanizing capabilities. The style of this famous autobiography can be best described as personal, emotional, and compelling. By writing this narrative, Douglass wants his audience to understand him. He does this by speaking informally like a person would when writing a letter or telling a story to a friend. By clearly establishing his credibility and connecting with his audience, Douglass uses numerous rhetorical devices to argue for the immorality of slavery.
At once in this speech, Douglass appeals to his listeners’ religious tendencies. He asks his audience, “am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar…'; (441). Religious appeal is so important because the majority of his audience is Christian, and he implies that Christianity, in its ostensible purity, allows the mishandling of human life to the degree of slavery. By relating Christianity directly to slavery, his listeners must question the validity of their Christian doctrines in relation to the institution of slavery. In doing so, they must eliminate their acceptance of one of these traditions; the odds are that Christianity holds a much more loyal following than slavery, in which case slavery will be given up as a practice.
Pope Urban II naturally had a religious control over his people and when he gave his speech at the Council of Clermont in November 1905, he constantly referred to it as the will of God. His speech reminded them that the Crusades were their “concerns as well as God’s” . Throughout his speech, the Pope is constantly trying to align the need for men to fight with t... ... middle of paper ... ...The Pope creates many sides to his argument, conveying the need not only to redeem but also to repay their debts to God for making them the chosen race. He provokes the temper of many by speaking of the horrific crimes the Muslims are apparently committing, using distinctly graphic images to engage his followers.
There were other slaveholders in the area who were very religious but they were much kinder to slaves than Master Auld was. Nevertheless, he still saw Christianity ... ... middle of paper ... ... slavery as a heavenly duty. He wrote this passage to show how slavery is wrong, but his views on religion connected with slavery are the strongest point made in this reading. I think we all can agree that treating people as unequal or cruel is actually going against the bible instead of following it. Christianity is all about doing a good deed and making the heavenly father proud, but slaveholders were doing the exact opposite.
Ed. X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. 3rd Compact ed. New York: Longman, 2003.