A Fundamental Incompatibility: A Comparison of Abolitionism Though Bartolome de las Casas and John Clarkson both argued the same fundamental point -- the abolition of slavery -- the ways in which they argued differed greatly. Both writers utilized Christian doctrine to explain why slavery was fundamentally wrong, though to different ends. Thomas and John Clarkson, writing in the 18th century, were active in an abolitionist movement dominated by Protestant Christians. The result was a relationship with doctrine that allowed for an academic study of how scriptural authority could be used to foster political change. Las Casas, on the other hand, was a 16th century Catholic priest who was present as an eyewitness to many of the violent acts...The end:
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