How the colonists used the Bible to justify slavery – Part 1

It is known that the colonisers used Christianity as a means to colonising the continent of Africa. But what isn’t well-known are the Bible passages used to ‘justify’ slavery.

In the book of Genesis, Noah put a curse on his grandson Canaan due to his son, Ham’s actions.

The colonisers lazily used the line “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren”. The impact of this interpretation was fatal as the colonisers made the assumption that Canaan’s descendants settled in Africa. Giving them their justification to enslave millions of free people.

This was one of the passages used for them to justify the enslavement of millions of Africans. Thus the start and continuation of the international slave trade. The Church of England supported the slave trade and branded their enslaved people with the word ‘SOCIETY’ on their chests.

What are your thoughts? My immediate thought go to the inner strength of the enslaved people. Through the years, many of them converted to Christianity. How could they have such great faith in a religion that supposedly allows the enslavement of their people? And supposedly puts one race higher than another? 

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