“For Augustine, slavery is an unnatural, prelapsarian institution, which God permits as a form of either “reformatory” or “retributive” punishment for sin.”
“Before discussing passages from epistle 10*, I want to be clear as to the specifics of my claims. Although the contents of the letter reveal that Augustine condemned the kidnapping, violent treatment, and enslavement of free persons in North Africa—most of whom were peasants, women, and children—he does not explicitly speak out against the institution of slavery per se. “
I think once one makes the argument that slavery is unnatural, one is well on one’s way to paving the way for abolitionist logic. I am beginning to like Augustine way more than that Aquinas guy. #justprayin
For more, please see: Part I: Divjak Letter 10 and St. Augustine as Socio-political activist
Nichole M Flores, who also blogs at Women In Theology, talks about Fannie Lou Hamer, Civil Rights Protests, and preaching.
Rachel Held Evans considers herself the worst pacifist in the world because of her sorta support for overthrowing Libya’s dictator. She was not alone this week but I stand by my three posts opposing the overthrow, especially in light of Joel’s new post about who the rebels are. Dun dun dun.
Meanwhile, Katie of Women In Theology wrote one of the best Christian pacifists posts of the week.
Cynthia R. Nielsen has began a series on Foucault, Augustine, and humility (2 of those three are some of my fave topics, 1 is not, you can guess). Part 1 ANDPART 2.
Julie Clawson discusses theology that matters.