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George Whitefield, Three Letters from the Reverend Mr. G.
George Whitefield, Three Letters from the Reverend Mr. G. Whitefield
1) What does this letter tell you about Whitefield's beliefs about the Christian God and the duties of Christmas?
2)What do you think slaveholders' response to this letter might have been? What might slaves have agreed with in this letter? What might they have disagreed with?
3) What does Whitefield mean when he says that Christians, by buying slaves, thereby encourage the nations from whom they are bought to be at perpetual war with each other"?
4) Does it surprise you to learn that, within a few years of writing this letter, Whitefield had acquired a South Carolina plantation worked by slaves, whose profits he used to fund an orphanage, and was supporting the legalization of slavery (as well as religious instruction) in Georgia, a colony that had initially outlawed slavery?
This question was answered on: Feb 21, 2020
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