Christians of the 18th century were divided on their opinions of slavery.
Many Christians thought that slavery was morally acceptable. Many also argued at this time that one of the benefits of slavery was that slaves learned to adopt Christianity and become more civilised.
Christian emancipators (people who wanted slaves to be set free) feared the anger of God over the sin of slavery. They saw slavery as unjust and evil, and campaigned to have it abolished.
Christian groups opposed to slavery found various ways of showing their opposition:
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