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Visões Protestantes sobre a Escravidão

Author(s): Elizete da Silva

Journal: REVER - Revista de Estudos da Religião
ISSN 1677-1222

Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2003;
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This article intends to analyze the rrepresentations that Anglicans and Baptists built around slavery. The focus of the approach is the Bahia British Church and the Baptist Denomination, situated in Salvador, capital of Bahia, during the period between 1860 and 1890. The Anglicans established themselves in Salvador in the 1820's and the Baptists, originating from Richmond, Virginia in the United States, organized the First Baptist Church of Brazil in 1882. The society of Bahia during this period maintained these slavery relations, which pervaded the economic relations and all the social connections. Despite criticism from English abolitionist societies, the Anglicans were slaveholders and the Baptists in a city of São Paulo, Santa Bárbara D'Oeste, also owned slaves. The distance between speech and daily practice is made evident by way of the arbitrary division between the spiritual and the material. Besides a moralistic façade and the imposition of rites to save the souls of the slaves, the Protestants were incapable of having concrete attitudes and making collective decisions to find a solution for the problem of slavery.

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