Okay, since the bible mentions slavery many times and some critics even say it condones it, was slavery different back then? I’ve heard scholars say that slavery was more based on unpaid debts (if you were in debt, you were a slave until it was paid) or that it was based on being captured in war or a criminal.
This leads me to the question of why do critics of Christianity feel that the bible condones race based (chattel) slavery? If anything the Church has stood against it in some senses. If I remember the church was against the original slave trade, but they were ignored by the Spanish and Portugese. Also, even in regards to American slavery, the Church was against having black slaves, but American bishops in the South (and probably north) didn’t follow these rules (I heard something to this effect while listening to Fr. Mitch Pacwa. If I’m incorrect please correct me).
So why do critics like the idiotic Dan Savage :mad: say that the Bible was okay with race based slavery? Anyone with a brain can look up and see that slavery wasn’t based on race until about 500 years ago