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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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True and False Religion Exposed

True and False Religion Exposed

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Early Evangelicalism

William Wilberforce

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This chapter presents excerpts from William Wilberforce's A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Higher and Middle Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christians (1797). Wilberforce pursued a career in politics, capped by his election as MP for Hull in 1780. In 1785, Wilberforce turned his attention once again to Christianity and experienced conversion. He also campaigned for the abolition of the slave trade in Britain and showed concern for the nation's moral state. In A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, Wilberforce differentiated between authentic believers and nominal Christians, making a case for the sinful disposition inherited by all humans and the need to acknowledge the salvific benefits of Jesus Christ's death on the cross.

Keywords:   politics, William Wilberforce, Christianity, conversion, slave trade, Britain, Christians, Jesus Christ

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