Thursday, 5 November 2015, 1:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

How we Learned that Slavery is Wrong

Professor Alec Ryrie

It seems obvious now, but it hasn’t always. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the old consensus that slavery was a mere fact of life, a tolerable evil, broke down, as Protestant activists opposed slavery ever more forcefully – and as other Protestants defended it ever more idealistically. As this lecture will explore, the result was not only the end of legal slavery but profound changes in Protestant Christianity which resonate to the present. 

Alec Ryrie is Visiting Gresham Professor in the History of Religion. He is also Professor of the History of Christianity and Leverhulme Major Research Fellow at Durham University.  

His first series of lectures as Visiting Gresham Professor in the History of Religion will be delievered under the title The History and Legacy of Protestant Christianity.

Current Gresham Professor of History of religion

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5 November 2015

How we Learned that Slavery is Wrong
Professor Alec Ryrie

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