[LMB] Fwd: OT: The End of Slavery

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Wed Sep 1 00:21:43 BST 2021


On Tue, Aug 31, 2021 at 8:47 AM Kenton Schoen <kdschoen1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Were "Christians" particularly opposed to slavery in 400CE?  No.  Were they
> in 800?  No.  Were they in 1200?  No.  Were they in 1600?  No.  What
> changed?  The Enlightenment.  Starting in France,  these philosophists were
> about as far from religion, in general, as it was possible to be in Europe
> in the 17th, and 18th centuries, without being executed for heresy.  Some
> were called atheists.  There are other, older strands to the intellectual
> history of what we today call "Human Rights", including ancient Greece and
> the Bible, but the term and its usage and popularity come directly from the
> the Enlightenment.
>

Well said, Mr. Schoen!

As our various societies have slowly been walking back the Enlightenment,
I've been waiting to see how long it takes for all the things it abolished
to return.

Matt G.


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