|Posted: 07 September 2023 at 7:21pm | IP Logged | 8
The South was non-religious?
Why did the United States embrace abolition so much later than Europe? Was it less religious?
I think you might be conflating institutions with morality/faith. I can't say anything meaningful about how people during those times were influenced by their churches, and/or what state of secularism and corruption existed in those institutions.
Truly, it's in the institutions build by men that weld power where we seem to habitually get it wrong. Even in the New Testament, it's the religious leaders of the day who were pushing for the crucifixion. Power almost always corrupts. (...and logic is a slave to desire.)
To your other point: how often are minds changed and anything settled by debate and discourse? ...even on the internet?
When I was a young man, I thought people could easily change. Just explain to them why they are wrong...etc.
That belief was quickly crushed and I began to suspect people NEVER change.
I finally arrived at the notion that people do change. It just takes enormous pressure from all sides---like making a diamond out of coal.
Edited by Steven Queen on 07 September 2023 at 7:35pm