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Douglass’ travel trunk, Cedar Hill

In the 1840’s, Frederick Douglass traveled through the British Isles speaking on his former life as a slave in America.  His voice, presence and message were powerful. His “gospel” was far from “good news” for many back in America where millions remained in slavery. . .a brutal, inhuman system undergirded by an especially pernicious brand of Christianity.

When he spoke at Finsbury Chapel in England (May, 1846) he explained why he had such harsh, incisive criticism–even hatred–for a certain kind of religion.  I outlined his Love/Hate relationship in summary form for my class on Douglass:

The Religion I Love, The Religion I Hate

What would Douglass love and hate about the religion we see today?

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