What happened is surprisingly simple: William Wilberforce was the happy victim of his own success. No one suffers from it again — and within a generation or two no one remembers it ever existed. The roots of the thing Wilberforce was trying to uproot had been growing since humans first walked on the planet, and if they had been real roots, they would have reached to the molten core of the earth itself. They ran so deep and so wide that most people thought that they held the planet together.
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Shelves: christian-theology I went 4 stars on this book, and then went back and gave it 5. While it tends at times to slow the I went 4 stars on this book, and then went back and gave it 5. While it tends at times to slow the narrative a bit, it is valuable and widens the picture of Wilberforce and the world in which he lived. This is an exceptional book about an exceptional person.
His name should be as well known as any of the giants of history that school children can or should be able to name. It seems in many ways that he succeeded so well that the very ideas and REALITY he struggled against is one that "we" in the modern world have trouble realizing.
Slavery, while still around in the shadows of our world today, practiced by evil people out of the light was until the middle of the 19th century not only nothing remarkable, but the accepted norm of the world. However, the abolitionist movement was widely considered to be radical, dangerous, anti-government and anti-economy. It was also thought to be the purview of "religious fanatics". I can not give you a generalized view of all that this book covers, the information it contains and the story it tells.
Well that and a recommendation. We are not to establish a Christian Theocracy Throughout history there have been times when Christians have had to confront evils so heinous that they could not turn away. The story told in this is one of struggle against overwhelming odds and also one of great faith.
Yes, 5 stars.
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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery