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St Paul on slavery

17 June 2009


From the Revd Jonathan Frais

Sir, — Mr Taylor declares that “the New Testament unambiguously endorses slavery” (Letters, 22 May). But Paul condemns the trade (1 Timothy 1.10), pleads for a slave’s release (Philemon), and, where slavery is chosen (Romans 6.16), tells owners to provide “what right and fair” (Colossians 4.1) — food, medicine, education, and the right to marry. Endorsement? More like compassionate opposition.

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