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