The Abolition of the Slave Trade Bicentenary 1807-2007
25 March 2007 marks the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. Evangelicals played a significant role in the abolition of the slave trade, as well as in the
abolition of slavery itself. Because of their religious beliefs and values they were amongst
the leading philanthropists and pioneered numerous welfare provisions and social reforms
in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. There is a line of spiritual continuity and
practical piety, of evangelical witness and concern for social and spiritual transformation.
The bicentenary is also a timely reminder of this rich legacy, as well as a renewed challenge
for Christians today to actively “promote justice and compassion for the poor, vulnerable
and oppressed” .
In commemorating the bicentenary, this booklet aims to do three things briefly. Firstly, draw
attention to some biblical perspectives on slavery and society; secondly, make a couple of
observations about the nature of slavery and the contributions of some key abolitionists; and
thirdly, offer some suggested activities for churches and groups to mark the bicentenary.
Slavery & Abolition: A Chronology of Key Events
The Bible, Slavery and Society
‘New World’ Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation
Learning from the past, remembering for the future?
Posted : 2012-07-31 19:03:41 GMT Author/Authors : David Muir Publishers : Evangelical Alliance United Kingdom Total Views : 277 Total Downloads : 124