Does the New Testament Condone Slavery?

This is a very good article on Slavery in the Bible. Many skeptics point out that the Bible condones slavery. It clearly does not. Read on…

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Earlier this week Haden’s post answered critics who claim that God is immoral because He condoned slavery in the Old Testament. Clearly this is not the case, for Old Testament slavery was completely different from the nineteenth century enslavement of African-Americans by American plantation owners. As a companion piece, I will now examine slavery in the New Testament, drawing many of the same conclusions.

Mentions of Slavery in the New Testament

Slavery is a topic that arises multiple times in the New Testament. Three mentions of it are found in the household codes of Ephesians (6:5-9), Colossians (3:22-4:1), and 1 Peter (2:18-25). The main Greek word used to denote slaves in the New Testament is doulos, occurring 126 times. The related term oiketes is also used four times. Interestingly, the way English translations of the Bible translate these words differs greatly. The HCSB, my translation of preference, translates doulos

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Never Ignore a Stranded Motorcyclist

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Over Memorial Day Weekend my wife and I traveled throughout Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri taking in various sites, sounds, and smells on an almost twelve hundred mile adventure on our motorcycles. (Yes, my 5’5″ tall wife rides a 2013 Victory XCT) Of all the things we experienced and all the folks we met I will always remember a motorcyclist named Ron from Alaska. I met him alongside the highway outside of St. Louis where his Harley was broke down with nail in the tire. When we stopped to see if we could offer assistance we were greeted with a big smile, ‘You are the only bikers to stop. And, I’ve been here a while.” I responded “Yeah. It sucks to be stranded on the side of the road and watch bikers wave as they pass by.”

When I began riding there was a code. Part of which stated “NEVER…

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Book Review: Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically by Beth Felker Jones

Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically by Beth Felker Jones My rating: 4 of 5 stars In her book, Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically, Wheaton University’s Dr. Beth Felker Jones presents an argument that theology is not just for academic discussion. No, theology must go beyond …