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Frederick Douglass and Christianity In reading the Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an inspiring autobiography written by himself, I noticed Douglass’ strong critique of southern Christianity and his ideas about what he believed to be true Christianity or “the Christianity of Christ.” Douglass described the Christianity of southern slaveholders as false Christianity, which he also called “the Christianity of this land.” I believe Douglass is seeking to expose the fact that these men call themselves Christians, but yet never question the morality of owning other human beings and treating them as disrespectfully as they do. Frederick Douglass supports his critique of the southern Christian slaveholder’s beliefs in his narrative through referencing scripture, describing its efforts to keep slaves from becoming religiously educated, and also through showing its effect on the behavior of slaveholders and their treatment of their slaves. Douglass uses scripture to support his critique of this false Christianity in explaining the slaveholders’ use of scripture to justify their treatment of their slaves. One
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