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If we want to understand culture wars on the contemporary American scene we must first come to grips with the American culture wars of the nineteenth century That our nation did not remove slavery in a biblical way helps explain many of our contemporary social evils But who is ualified to talk about such things What is a biblical view of racism Why do the biblical answers to such uestions so infuriate the radical left and the radical right This collection of essays. Critics want to lump this book in with other accounts of Lost Cause mythology but Wilson has been clear about what he does and does not support regarding the ConfederacyWilson answers the uestions What is your view of Southern Slavery and What is a paleo confederateHere With a Bit of Menthol March 9 2013 Wilson writes I have said for some time that America is long overdue for an adult conversation about race And by adult conversation I do not mean white people being patronizing and telling blacks to get over it and I do not mean privileged blacks playing the victim card a lot poorly than did their grandparents who were the actual victims of a lot stupid gunk Unfortunately the we have a need for an adult conversation the less capable we seem to be of actually having one For a conversation needs to have involved in it than one side venting grievances or the other side blithely pretending that nothing bad ever happened There are whites who do that but I have not been in their numberSee here Patrick Nostradamus Henry March 14 2013 for interaction with Bryan Loritts and Thabiti Anyabwile Regarding the Doug Thabiti interaction see here for Piper s praise See here for also available on FacebookSee here How Koinonia Conuers March 15 2013 for Wilson s comments on Philemon and slaveryMaybe The Grove of Ashtaroth July 30 2015 you should lighten up with the lectures about America s original sin of slavery and racism when you live in a city with a Planned Parenthood chapter that has dismembered thousands of little black children especially if you ve never publicly protested Planned Parenthood More black children are chopped into pieces in New York City than are born in New York City So if you felt a little tell tale exuisite thrill of self righteous pleasure when the Confederate flag came down in South Carolina then congratulations You are the problemFor on the flag and the fight over symbols see here A Coalition of Dust Bunnies August 26 2015 where Wilson argues that people are wildly inconsistent Now it really is reasonable to ask what an African American Christian thinks when he sees that Confederate flag on a fellow Christian s pick up truck Let me repeat that that is a reasonable uestion It should be taken into account What would a charitable approach to this be I don t despise this uestion What I despise is all the special pleading and hypocrisy So if we want our redneck brethren to learn how to remove such offensive stickers from their vehicles we could begin by calling on all hipster Christians to show them the way by scraping their ObamaBiden stickers off You know Barack God Bless Planned Parenthood Obama So with rednecks confronted with a reasonable uestion it is also reasonable to ask what the thirteen million African American children who were aborted since Roe think when they see the American flag But of course they were never given the opportunity to think anything about it because we killed them first They won t ever see the American flag that flew over and authorized their legal slaughter They don t know what to think about it because we sold their brains to StemExpress What flag was flying outside the Supreme Court the day they settled Roe And you want to judge the old ConfederacyHere This Crimson Carnage May 16 2016 Wilson argues that the Confederate flag should be removed but not for the reasons that many people argue What I am rejecting is demonization And to simply go along with what the left is currently demanding is to help establish their authority to demonize I don t want to accede control of that process to them I don t want them to have the demonization gun I know where they are going to point it next So I do want to replace the flag but I don t want to do it in a way that enthrones totalitarians giving them complete control over our dictionary of symbols These are the people who don t know the difference between boys and girls These are the people who fiercely condemn female circumcision in Saudi Arabia and applaud genital mutilation by another name in California These are the people who are willing to call people racists if they want to spend less than we take in So mark me down as happy to replace the flag but I just don t want to replace it with a white one And I understand the rainbow is takenWilson condemns racism but not the kind What Makes Racism Sinful June 17 2016 that includes everything from microagressions to expressing the view at Tea Party Rallies that budgets should balanceFor interaction with Thabiti on voting for Hillary see here John the Baptist s Yard Sign Aug 3 2016 where he gets into slavery again Wilson is a gradualist on both slavery and abortion In this essay Wilson gives a good summary of what the New Testament says about slaveryHere The Sinkhole Sinai May 4 2017 Wilson responds to Merritt s charge that he s an unhinged racistHere are some responses to Joel McDurmon on related topicsReview of The Bounds of Love April 1 2016Post re social justice Sept 10 2018Post on slavery and race relations Dec 20 2018In light of the fact that the MeToo movement has now come for MLK a man who was not only a serial adulterer with than 40 women but who also used language as vile as Trump has used laughed while watching a friend rape a woman and participated in orgies this post MLK Conseuentialism and More May 29 2019 which is part of a series of posts reviewing Woke Church by Eric Mason who also appreciates Eugene Genovese as a historian is timelyHere s a post re The Slaves of Jonathan Edwards Sept 18 2019 Here s Part 2 Sept 25 2019 which clarifies that Edwards s participation in a wicked institution slavery is not necessarily sinful as he could have been doing his best to give the slave woman who was going to be a slave no matter what he did as decent a life as he could whereas another master may have not the point is that we do not know and a blanket condemnation of him is not only inappropriate but unbiblical Here s a related post on white supremacyHere s a link to Southern Slavery as it WasI ve heard that this book is the one to read to erase the idea that the condition of slaves was really uite tolerable

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Black Tan A Collection of Essays and Excursions on Slavery Culture War and Scripture in America

R Wilson is a fighter especially effective in defense of Christianity against those who try to turn Jesus' way of salvation into pseudo moralistic drivel Eugene Genovese PhD Columbia University author of nine books including Roll Jordan Roll The World the Slaves Made winner of the Bancroft Prize in American History teaching positions at Rutgers University of Rochester Yale Cambridge and formerly a distinguished scholar in residence for the University Center Georgia. If I can attempt to boil down the basic thrust of this book to its two main points Wilson is trying to argue the following The Civil War was bad because it led to the 14th amendment which led to Roe v Wade which is worse than southern slavery The Civil War was bad because southern slavery wasn t bad enough to justify a war and slavery would have just gone away peacefully if given enough timeThis book doesn t spend much time defending its claim that southern slavery wasn t as bad as abolitionists said it was apart to point out that there were some good southerners out there and apparently some prominent southern Christians advocated for moral types of slavery To be fair to Wilson he does make clear several times that he believes that slavery is wrong and that a virtuous society would eventually discard it I wasn t fully convinced though that he grasped the full totality of how wrong it is to own another man as evidenced by his constant refrain of compromise and gradual transformation a refrain which MLK Jr rightly refuted in his letter from Birmingham jail Add to that the lack of evidence for Wilson s claims and while he may not go full Lost Cause in this book he gets pretty closeWith regards to the book s main thrust I found its reasoning similarly paltry and lacking Wilson s attempts to draw a direct line between the Civil War and Roe v Wade begs the post hoc ergo propter hoc logical fallacy and is as sloppy as claiming that because Luther was an anti Semite at the end of his life the Reformation is to be blamed for the Holocaust In addition to this Wilson s attempt to claim the Southerners were just fighting for the biblical meaning of constitutional government is nothing less than historical revisionism If you read the Southern secession documents they make it clear why the South seceded spoiler it was over the right to own human beings just because of their skin color States rights were just a handy defense for that position True the north doesn t fight to end slavery until 1863 after Lincoln has a heart change and alters his goals with the war But while I understand the arguments made having heard them since high school for this position I still label it historical revisionismRegarding Wilson s latter argument that slavery could be abolished via reformation as opposed to revolution this to me strikes me as nothing less than historical wish fulfillment The fact that the South was all willing to secede over the issue of slavery makes it clear what their attitude was going to be to reformation Perhaps Wilson wants to believe that given a hundred years the South would eventually willingly abolish slavery but he ignores the pain suffering and horror that accompanies generations of men and women being held captive in the dehumanization of chattel slavery For being a Calvinist Wilson really doesn t understand the nature of total depravityIn addition to Wilson s core thesis not holding up due to a combination of historical revisionism and wish fulfillment there s a good bit of racial insensitivity going on in this book which Thabiti Anyabwile detailed far better than I could in his blog post series on this book For anyone interested in reading through a rigorous and detailed back and forth conversation about this book I d highly recommend Thabiti Wilson s back and forth blog series which you can find here Thabiti clearly wins the exchange in my book but readers can draw their own conclusionsAs a whole I don t find much in this book to recommend Rating 15 Stars Poorhttpswwwthegospelcoalitionorgbl

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Lays out some of the answers from a view unashamed of historic biblical absolutism The Reverend Douglas Wilson may not be a professional historian as his detractors say but he has a strong grasp of the essentials of the history of slavery and its relation to Christian doctrine Indeed sad to say his grasp is a great deal stronger than that of most professors of American history whose distortions and trivializations disgrace our college classrooms And the Reverend M. As much as I agree with many of Doug s principles having no problem texts no homo marriage yay state s rights etc Pastor Wilson does not build or document a strong enough case for his view of southern slavery to persuade me that it was not an apocalyptic evil see uote below I am also wondering if Dabney would be portrayed as a good guy or a bad guy in high school Christian history books and then I would ask the same about Martin Luther King When I look at the South and Dabney in particular I have a hard time seeing the day when slavery was peaceably going to end via gospel means without a war or some great prophetic voice rising up to condemn the practice Where were all these preachers Why were the pulpits so complicit with slavery Is it really worthwhile to identify with such a hypocritical bunch I don t see the benefitIf Joel McDurmon has gotten the facts straight in his book on slavery in Christian America then I must disagree with Wilson s historical conclusions about the parallels to New Testament slaveryKey uotePg 58If the institution of slavery as it was actually practiced in the South had been one of horror upon horror an apocalyptic evil then of course the New Testament strictures on masters and slaves would not apply because these strictures were not written for times of apocalyptic evil but rather for normal sinners But if the antebellum South was made up of normal sinners trying to make a profit by farming and not by fiends running death camps from Georgia to Missouri then the New Testament reuired do apply straight across


10 thoughts on “Black Tan A Collection of Essays and Excursions on Slavery Culture War and Scripture in America

  1. says:

    I read this because of all the recent hubbub about it and I was pretty appalled at what I found here I've always approached Douglas Wilson with my guard up because of some of his odd views Federal Vision Theonomy uasi KJV only etc but I've enjoyed some of his work and so I tried to come to this with something of an open mind But honestly I was pretty flabbergasted at this book Lincoln was a white supremacist a

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    Critics want to lump this book in with other accounts of Lost Cause mythology but Wilson has been clear about what he does and does not support regarding the ConfederacyWilson answers the uestions What is your view of Southern Slavery? and What is a paleo confederate?Here With a Bit of Menthol; March 9 2013 Wilson writes I have said for some time that America is long overdue for an adult conversation about race And by adult conver

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    Everyone kept telling me Doug Wilson supports slavery and they pointed to a book which he wrote over a decade ago Slavery As It Was there was a counterpoint written by two professors from Idaho University Slavery As It Wasn't That book is out of print because of major citation errors by his co author In the interest of knowing exactly what

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    As much as I agree with many of Doug's principles having no problem texts no homo marriage yay state's rights etc Pastor Wilson does not buil

  5. says:

    Douglas Wilson’s arguments shouldn’t be entirely dismissed but it is difficult to be charitable given his word choices and presentations of others

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    The best reasons for reading this book are Doug Wilson's own reasons for critiuing the radical anti God revolution that not only ended slavery which needed to go but also put to death America's biblical constitutional governmentBecause of the way slavery was ended we are dealing with atrocious conseuences down to the present How many millions of unborn children have died because federal authorities determined that the Constitution is a bl

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    If I can attempt to boil down the basic thrust of this book to its two main points Wilson is trying to argue the following The Civil War was bad because it led to the 14th amendment which led to Roe v Wade which is worse than southern slavery The Civil War was bad because southern slavery wasn't bad enough to justify a war and slavery would have just gone away peacefully if given enough timeThis book doesn't spend much time defe

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    Though this collection is admittedly from Wilson himself a bit erratic in flow and organization it is a hodge podge compilation of essays and speeches DW has given over the years on the issues of slavery the South and culture wars I found this book utterly fascinating obviously controversial and supremely insightful Wilson describes himself uite accurately as a paleo Confederate a label that frankly elicits some barking from the

  9. says:

    Glimmers of brilliance here and there The importance of amateur historians The cost of being suiffy in any area of Scripture The dange

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    An important collection of essays I had studied some of the politically incorrect history of the south before coming to this book and being helped to understand the Christian perspective of getting it rightIf someone has never heard or read any histories besides the oversimplified and false narrative of “Rebels Bad and Abraham L