CHRISTIANITY: ATTITUDES TO SLAVERY

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. . . if we focus . . . on the Church's official statements, it seems clear that the hunters operating in the period following the discovery of the Americas would feel free to hunt, shackle and ship their cargoes across the ocean in complete peace of mind because what they were hunting, handling, bartering, and transporting was so much cattle. And cattle are beyond the reach of theology, morality and philosophy.

Louis Sala-Molins. Ideology, philosophy, thought.The Slave Route, UNESCO

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