Prelude to Secession- the Schism of a Church

GwilymT

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In 1844 the Methodist Episcopal Church in America split in two over the issue of slavery. Like most other Protestant churches, the northern and southern factions could not reconcile themselves over slavery. This schism serves as a prelude to the political schism that caused our civil war.

Per the cited article, the immediate cause of the split was when a Methodist Bishop came into slave property via marriage. The Church conference, still heavily influenced by the ideals of the second great awakening, itself the foundation of Christian abolitionism, voted to censure the Bishop. When news of this censure reached Raleigh, the North Carolina Methodist delegates withdrew from the conference and drafted a resolution which reads, in part:

"We believe," states the resolution, "an immediate division of the Methodist Episcopal Church is indispensable to the peace, prosperity, and honor of the Southern portion thereof, if not essential to her continued existence…we regard the officious, and unwarranted interference of the Northern portion of the Church with the subject of slavery alone, a sufficient cause for a division of our Church."


If this sort of statement sounds familiar, it’s simply because later southern politicians and people were simply following the lead of their pastors and their churches.
 
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GwilymT

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It’s odd to me that when quotes from the good Christian Southern clergy and churchmen clearly showing slavery as the cause show up, the normal defenders don’t show up...
 
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