The Slavery Question
Chapter twenty-seven examines Hodge’s first article on the issue of slavery. Hodge remained largely consistent on his views of slavery throughout his life, and they are most clearly sent down in his 1836 Repertory article entitled “Slavery.” Hodge believed that if the Bible nowhere condemned slavery, then neither could the Presbyterian Church. For a time, he and others at Princeton were ardent supports of the American Colonization Society. Their more proslavery stances put them in conflict with the more progressive antislavery views of the New School.
Keywords: Charles Hodge, slavery, repertory, William Lloyd Garrison, abolition, American Colonization Society, Chillocothe Resolutions, Albert Barnes, Charles Finney, General Assembly, William Ellery Channing, E. N. Elliott, New School, Old School, Southern Presbyterians
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