Religion: The Southern Church

Slavery split the Methodist Church. The regeneration of religious power in the United States today may unite it.

Back in 1843, two Georgia clergymen married wives who owned slaves. They were promptly accused by the Methodist Conference of New York State of contravening the doctrines of their church, and were found guilty by the Baltimore Conference that same year. Thereupon all the Conferences of the Methodist Churches in the southern states seceded and formed " The Methodist Episcopal Church, South," which has endured until now. They held that slavery was a civil...

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